What We Do

Maternal Health, Sexual and Reproductive Rights Program

We create

Maternal Health, Sexual and Reproductive Rights (SRHR) Program (MAHSRRI).

Our Major activity revolves around promoting and protecting women’s right to health through a combination of research, capacity building, education and service delivery to promote maternal health and mitigate the impact of the environment hazards on women.

We work with local birth attendants who take deliveries of babies and conduct ante natal care for majority of Nigerian women in rural communities and villages. In these communities, access to well-equipped healthcare facility and skilled medical staff are absent, which is why most of the women resort to patronizing birth attendants. Other reasons for such patronage includes ignorance of the importance of quality and skilled maternal and reproductive health care services, poverty, poor attitude of some skilled medical staff and healthcare providers, proximity and familiarity. Some state governments have begun to incorporate birth attendants in their activities to promote women’s health, and ICEHD works to support the efforts of government to realize SDG goal 3.

We train, educate, monitor birth attendants on safe pregnancy, danger signals, referral process, record keeping, environmental health, safe delivery process, hygiene and sanitation, safe motherhood and collaboration and partnership with skilled medical personnel and Primary Healthcare Centers. We also periodically conduct monitoring and assessment visits to clinics of birth attendants to appraise the quality of care provided by birth attendants to rural women. Most of the birth attendants are given medical kits with standard medical implements to last for a few months.

The major focus of this program is promotion of maternal and reproductive health through activities that advance access to safe and healthy pregnancy, childbirth, care and access to treatment.

The Women/Girls Forum is an extension of this program, which provides counseling for women, girls and widows. Under this Program, ICEHD also works to secure the protection and promotion of the health and development of young children and girls, through the provision of healthcare interventions, sexual and reproductive health information and promotion of menstrual hygiene. ICEHD utilizes information sharing, capacity building and advocacy to actively promote their sexuality and reproductive health and eradication of practices that adversely impact upon their health and development such as menstrual hygiene practices, FGM, use of contraceptives and abortions.

The program also advocates for the performance of government’s obligation to promote the quality of life of women, and the eradication of traditional and discriminative practices that violate women’s right to health, healthy environment and development.