Mother's Day 2011: Helping mothers and newborns survive and thrive
How UK aid is helping women in Nigeria spot the warning signs of dangerous pregnancies
To mark Mother's Day 2011, UK’s Department for International Development launched an online multimedia package to put a spotlight on UK aid’s work helping women in Nigeria spot the warning signs of dangerous pregnancies.
In Nigeria, where Mother's Day is also celebrated on Sunday April 3 this year, the likelihood of a woman dying of pregnancy and childbirth-related causes is one in 23, compared with one in 4,700 in the UK. And while 2% of the world's population lives in Nigeria, it is home to more than 10% of maternal deaths.
To reduce this number by one third, UK aid is increasing the number of health workers in Nigeria, providing contraceptives to prevent unintended pregnancies and improving maternal health care for millions of mothers.