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Wharc With Support From Macarthur Foundation Introduces Mpdrs Project In Edo And Niger States.

April 26 / 2017

As part of effort to improve the quality of maternal and perinatal healthcare services and reduce maternal and perinatal mortality, The Women Health and Action Research Centre (WHARC) with support from MacArthur Foundation is implementing a project on building capacity for accountability on Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response (MPDSR)in Edo and Niger State. WHARC known for her unrelenting effort to improve the quality of maternal and perinatal care in Nigeriawill provide technical support in implementing the Federal Ministry of Health guidelines on Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response (MPDRS) in the two states. The goal of MPDSR is to systematically document the pathway of maternal and perinatal mortality in health facility and communities and review the underlying factors responsible for the death of a mother and a child and provide recommendationsand enforce corrective measures to prevent related future death. WHARC had successfully implemented this project in Lagos State by training and supporting MPDSR committee in designated project health facilities: Gbagada General Hospital, Ajeromi General Hospital and Lagos Island Maternity Hospital in Lagos state, to perform and hence, contributed significantly in the reduction of maternal mortality rate in the project facilities.Subsequently, the success of the Lagos State project informed the decision to scale-up the practise of MPDRS in Edo and Niger States. On the 12th of April 2017, WHARC conveyed the project commencement meeting at the WHARC Headquarter in Benin, Edo State. The objectives of the meeting were to establish working relationship and lines of communication between the health institutionsand WHARC; identify high level requirements and model how WHARC will work with the project facilities. The meeting had in attendance representatives of 5 health institutions WHARC will be working within the three states, namely:Gbagada General Hospital, Ajeromi General Hospital and Lagos Island Maternity Hospital in Lagos state, Central Hospital Benin in Edo State, and Jumia Aliyu Babagida Maternal and Perinatal Hospital Minna, Niger State. The Project has a span of three years (2017-2019); subsequent project activities for the year 2017 include: WHARC will conduct a formative research in Edo and Niger States to understand the context of MPDSR in the States and health facilities; WHARC will conduct a workshop to share the result of formative research with constituents in Edo and Niger States; WHARC will establish MPDSR committee in the project facilities in Edo and Niger State; WHARC will conduct a training workshop for established MPDSR Committee in Edo and Niger State with support from Lagos State officials; WHARC will support MPDSR committee meetings held (with periodic reports) statutorily in Edo and Niger States project health facilities. Update on the project activities and outcomes will be duly communicated to the public.


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