The maternal health crisis in Nigeria is a long standing challenge, requiring a holistic intervention strategy.

According to a United Nation’s report, Nigeria loses about 2,300 under-five year olds and 145 women of childbearing age every day. This makes the country the second largest contributor to the under–five and maternal mortality rate globally.


In the north-west, the under-5 mortality rate is 269 children per 1,000, while maternal mortality ratio is at 1,549 per 100,000. These rates highlight the preventable tragedy of infant and maternal mortality and should not be ignored.

The main causes of infant death are birth asphyxia, severe infection including tetanus, and premature birth. Similarly, a woman’s risk of dying from pregnancy and childbirth in Nigeria is 1 in 13.


Although many of these deaths are preventable, access to proper medical care and facilities, the failures of the healthcare system are the major enablers of the skyrocketing maternal death rates of women and children.

Currently, only about 20% of medical facilities offer emergency obstetric care and about 35% deliveries are attended by skilled birth attendants. UNICEF Nigeria/ Maternal and child health. Accessed here 


In October 2016, the TY Danjuma Foundation sponsored the Development Africa Maternity Referral Centre (MRC) project in Takum Local Government Area,Taraba State.

The MRC project is an all-encompassing infrastructural development project to build a sustainable world-class medical facility. The MRC facility will be powered by solar energy to ensure constant power supply.

The MRC project is expected to be completed within a year and will serve the LGA and local communities around Takum.


Intervening in health challenges with a long history such as maternal mortality requires a context specific framework and holistic approach in order to make significant impact. Our approach goes beyond infrastructural development.

The MRC facilities are structured to be self-sustaining and the medical personnel will be trained and equipped with necessary skills and capacity to respond to and serve the specific needs of the beneficiary communities by reducing maternal death rates.

The framework includes various methods of training for medical workers and ensures that health facilities are properly managed, appropriately equipped, functioning and are affordable for beneficiaries.

This project was designed with a methodology that can be replicated across the country.

Development Africa

Lagos State, Nigeria

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