Maternal and Child Health

Part of the targets of SDG 3 aims to reduce the global Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) to below 70 per 100, 000 live births by 2030. A recent World Health Organization (WHO) publication titled -Strategies toward ending preventable maternal mortality (EPMM), reiterate that no country should have an MMR greater than 140 per 100, 000 live births by 2030 although it has already been projected that sub-Saharan Africa is likely to lag behind both the national and global targets.

Oak Rural health knows that to prevent women from dying during pregnancy and childbirth, all women especially in the Rural area where there is high fertility rates must receive basic preventive and primary reproductive health care services, including preconception and intra-conception care, comprehensive sexuality education, family planning and contraception, as well as adequate skilled care during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. We, however, emphasize that basic inequities in health and avoidable health inequalities occasioned by social, cultural and economic conditions and policies remain which limit women's access to evidence-based clinical and preventative interventions aimed at reducing maternal mortality. Notably, these disparities in access to and in the quality of health care exist in the presence of any factor that increases the chances of discrimination and unequal treatment.

Our common interventions among women focus on some of the sociocultural factors contributing to adverse maternal health outcomes in Nigeria which include inadequate access to education, poor socio-economic status, and gender inequalities/social disempowerment of women. Other interventions focus on harmful traditional and cultural practices like female genital mutilation and health associated taboos, poor knowledge and health-seeking behaviour of women. Oak Rural Health considers community midwifery as a strength which makes professional midwifery services available to the poor underserved populations.

Oak Rural Health is a women's health friendly organization committed to ensuring that every Rural woman has access to professional healthcare and midwifery services as well as supports before pregnancy, during and after pregnancy and delivery respectively.

Having a healthy child is a dream of every woman. We take this seriously as it also plays an important role in the psychosocial wellbeing of the mothers themselves. Oak Rural Health design programs that enhance mothers' knowledge of effective child care in the first five years of life. This is the period when most of the children brain development takes place. Childhood diseases, infections and malnutrition play a huge role in hindering a child,s effective growth and development. We support rural mothers to develop a positive health seeking attitude and see breastfeeding as a nature's free gift in the early life. Considering their economic status, we imbibe the approach that ensure that every child receives a nourishing and balanced meals using local recipes as the source with the help of our experts.