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The United Nations Development Organization donated training arm models worth $1 million to the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria for the 98 midwifery schools in the country. The equipment donated is to improve the childbirth process and reduce maternal mortality rate in Nigeria.

One of the major causes of infant and maternal mortality in Nigeria is limited access to reproductive health services such as the use of contraceptives and family planning services. Access to these services has reduced the mortality rates by 30% in developing countries. The training arm models will help Nigerian Midwives to competently administer long acting and reversible contraceptives (LARC) to women of reproductive age in the country.

“We welcome this donation with open harms, because we know the impact that this equipment can have on midwifery skills”. Mrs. Toyin Saraki, the President of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa and the Goodwill ambassador for the international confederation of midwives went on to say, “the impact will reach far beyond the 98 midwifery schools that are beneficiaries to hundreds of Nigerians who die every day from preventable causes related to childbirth and pregnancy”.

Midwives play an important role as traditional care providers for mothers and infants. UNFPA recognizes this and our donation of training arm models to the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, will provide them access to the vital tools needed to build our capacity and meet internationally approved standards, said Mrs. Ratidzai Ndhlovu, the UNFPA Country Representative in Nigeria.