In 2009, the Maternal Health Task Force partnered with Ashoka to launch the first ever international fellowship focused specifically on maternal health. We called it the Young Champions of Maternal Health. Ifeyinwa Madu Egwaoje, a young woman from Nigeria, had an idea for a project that landed her in the position of being among the first Young Champions. Her idea was about increasing access to maternal and neonatal health care through a combination of home-based antenatal care, birth planning, rigorous training of health workers to be first responders for obstetric emergencies, and improved referral systems in rural Nigeria.
Now, just a couple of years later, Ifeyinwa Madu Egwaoje is putting her idea into action. In an article, Implementing my Ashoka Idea, published on the Huffington Post yesterday, Egwaoje describes the maternal health situation in Evboroko community in Nigeria, and discusses her current project, Birthing Project Nigeria, that aims to improve access and quality of maternal and neonatal health care for the women and newborns of Evboroko.
Read the full story here.
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For information on the Young Champions of Maternal Health program, stay tuned to here.