Population Dynamics & Reproductive Health

Population, Reproductive Health and Poverty

Progress towards goals 4 (reducing child mortality) and 5 (improving maternal health) of the millennium development goals (MDGs) has been generally slow in sub-Saharan Africa.  To meet these and other MDGs, sub-Saharan Africa’s best hope remains its vast and untapped Human Capital. Yet, about 4 million infants and children continue to die annually from preventable causes, whilst unchecked unintended pregnancy increasingly contributes to unsafe abortion and consequently poor maternal health outcomes. Emerging evidence asserts that the disparity in key family planning and sexual reproductive health indicators is widening, making it clear that our Human Capital has been and is under threat. We need to focus our efforts toward providing robust scientific evidence to guide crucial policy generation and implementation to curb the needless hemorrhage. In doing this we would not only have a fighting chance at meeting the MDGs but we would also have saved and positively impacted countless lives.

Current Project


The state of maternal health and perceptions regarding quality of maternity care in Nigeria

Program: Population Dynamics & Reproductive Health

In 2013, Nigeria was ranked among the world’s poorest performing health systems. According to the 2013 Nigerian Demographic and Health Surveillance, maternal mortality ratio in the country stands at 576 deaths per 100,000 births. Nigeria is also the second largest contributor to maternal mortality globally and it’s estimated annual 40,000 pregnancy-related deaths account for about 14 percent of the global total (UNFPA, 2012).

The Maternity Care in Nigeria Project seeks to provide up-to-date and evidence-based synthesis of the state of maternal health as well as barriers to quality maternity care in Nigeria;  explore  strategies and interventions that have been effective in improving the quality of maternity care in public health facilities in the developing world; and  document experiences, views and perspectives regarding quality  of maternity care among Nigerian women, including adolescent mothers and other stakeholders. Evidence generated from the project will be used for policy engagement and advocacy aimed at informing policy and programmatic action around SRH issues; preventing and remedying some of the key causes of poor maternal health outcomes; saving women’s lives; strengthening the prospects of women and young mothers by ensuring healthier and safer childbearing among them; and expanding women’s potential to participate in and contribute more strategically to nation-building in Nigeria.


Partner Members

  • Dr. Sunday Adedini, Obafemi Awololwo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria


Project Period

  • December 2014 – May 2016

Project Funders

  • MacArthur

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