We have just begun a new partnership with a small diocese in the north of Nigeria. For security reasons, we are not publishing the names and locations. It is located in one of the most medically underserved areas of the country.
Here are some of the relevant health statistics for the state. Population is 4,440,050. Malaria prevalence is 56% for children under 5 years old. An estimated 30 newborns and 100 children under 5 die every day, accounting for an under-five mortality rate of 252 deaths per 1,000 live births (it is 6.98 per 1000 in the United States). The state has the lowest vaccination coverage for children (6%) of any state in Nigeria for children living in rural areas. The state has one of the worst reproductive health indices in Nigeria. More than 70% of pregnant women never attend ante-natal care, 91% give birth at home, less than 10% have skilled birth attendance. The state is the epicenter of meningitis outbreaks in northern Nigeria.
The Anglican Diocese is small and lacks resources to run high quality health facilities. They currently run three small medical facilities which are poorly built and equipped and staffed by dedicated but poorly trained workers. The quality of these clinics and staff are not sufficient to be registered by the state as clinics. While the diocese is doing its best with the resources it has, it is striving to improve.
This will be our most challenging project in our 18-year history.
We will tell you more about this new initiative in our September newsletter.