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Currently the unit is implementing a three year project titled Project to build accountability mechanisms for improving the quality of maternal health care and preventing maternal mortality.

In November 2013, WHARC received a three year grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to implement a project in Lagos State between November 1, 2013 to October 31, 2016. The project is aimed at promoting the uptake of accountability practices for the prevention of maternal mortality in Nigeria with the specific objective of improving the quality of care in maternal health at all levels of health care system and to increase the capacity as well as action of the community in accountability mechanism relating to maternal health in Lagos State.
The project is in essence on the progress to integrate the practice of Maternal Death Review (MDR) within healthcare delivery systems in Nigeria.
As part of the project implementation WHARC paid an advocacy visit to the Lagos State commissioner for Health and Lagos State Maternal Death Review Committee, identified seven facilities for the project implementation which include one tertiary, two Secondary and four Primary Health care facilities. Presently data is been collected for the assessment of the Knowledge, Attitude and Practices relating to Maternal Death Review among Policy Makers and Health Care providers in Lagos State.

Also part of the grant includes an intervention to reduce the menace of teenage pregnancy in Ekiti State. WHARC in Collaboration with Ekiti Development Foundation is implementing this project within the first year of the grant. In Particular, the main objective of this project is to facilitate a stakeholder’s forum for driving and encouraging sexual reproductive health education and encourage community participation in stemming the tide of teenage pregnancy in Ekiti State.

Recently, the implementing bodies, WHARC & EDF, organized a one day stakeholder’s forum in the Government House ground in Ado- Ekiti during which ** aimed to bring together stakeholder groups from Ekiti State to improve their understanding of the background factors leading to high rate of teenage pregnancy in the State as well as discuss, share information and collaborate on the development and implementation of strategic plan of action to reverse the trend of teenage pregnancy in Ekiti State.


In WHARC’s effort to contribute to the reduction of maternal mortality, WHARC trains traditional birth attendants at Evbonogbon in Orhionmwon local government area Edo State, Nigeria.In continuation of the project aimed at contributing to the reduction of maternal mortality in Orhionmwon Local Government Area, WHARC undertook the renovation of Oligie-Ottah PHC which at the onset of the program was in a state of infrastructural decay, with leaking roofs, broken doors and windows etc. In fulfilment of the objective to improve facilities for implementing maternal health services, WHARC sought for and obtained a discretionary grant to embark on the renovation of the PHC to make it more comfortable and safe for both staff and clients of the PHC.

The renovated PHC was commissioned on February 22 2013, by the representative of the Commissioner for Health and was witnessed by the Enogies and members of Oligie and Ottah communities respectively, local government officials, PHC staff, representatives of civil society , management and staff of WHARC. The renovation of the PHC galvanised the National Primary Health Care Development Agency(NPHCDA) to provide a solar powered borehole for the health centre to improve water supply.
Following the renovation of the PHC, extensive public health education was carried out to raise awareness on maternal health and solicit increased utilisation of the PHCs in the project communities namely, Oligie- Ottah, Evbonogbon and Urhonigbe communities respectively.

Evidence has shown that there has been an increase in antenatal attendance and utilisation of the health centres by community members.
Also, staggered trainings were held in three days for a total of thirty -seven Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) in the three project communities . The training centred on Health Education courses providing basic information and skills to Traditional Birth Attendant (TBAs) empowering them to apply safe delivery methods and prompt referral in cases of emergency such as prolonged labour to save the lives of both mother and child.

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