How traditional birth attendants reduce maternal deaths in IDP camps

Country/area: Nigeria

Organisation: The Nation Newspaper

Organisation size: Big

Publication date: 03/03/2021

Credit: AWJP team


The report was investigated and written by Grace with support from AWJP as part of the fellowship.

Project description:

Apart from occupying IDP camps in the Northeast and Niger republic, some victims of Boko Haram relocated to different states in Nigeria including the FCT. Leaving their lives behind, most of these victims have to scrap around and beg for survival and for pregnant women in the camps, giving birth in health facilities is a luxury that most of them cannot afford, so they help eachother out as best at they can, through the use of traditional birth attendants.





Boko Haram has so far displaced millions of Nigerians in the Northeast, with their continuous attacks, most of their victims 

Impact reached:

The report showed Nigerians the horrors and risks Internally Displaced Persons and poor in the country go through in terms of the access to health care and a lot more. As for the authorities of the FCT, they claimed that they used to provide the IDPs with cards that they can present to health facilities around the FCT for free health care and they did not realise that the privilege had been suspended so by calling their attention to it and with the publication, the FCT health secretariat and FCT Emergency Management Agency promised to resume the provision of hospital cards to assist the IDPs

Techniques/technologies used:

I used already existing data and the infographs was made by the fellowship that I am a part of, the Africa Women Journalism Project (AWJP)

What was the hardest part of this project?

Getting raw data in Nigeria is extremely difficult, even if you get any from the government it is sometimes watered down so i got most of my data’s from alreay written article’s online.

What can others learn from this project?

That great human interest stories can be made from what might look like boring data

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