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By Olarotimi Olakunle ONAYEMI For Heritage Lifebuoy Foundation, Lagos, Nigeria. In Nigeria, impressive advancements have been made on many health fronts. However, to meet the Sustainable Development Goals health targets by 2030, progress must be accelerated, in particular in regions with the highest burden of diseases, sickness and malnourishment of mother and child. To this end, Mr Tunde Awofeko founder and director of Heritage Lifebuoy Foundation reiterated that the focus of their NGO is the improvement of maternal and child health, thereby redressing the overall nutrition culture of the entire nation. Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Accoreing to the Sustainable Development Institute in 2015, the global maternal mortality ratio stood at 216 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. Achieving the target of less than 70 maternal deaths by 2030 requires an annual rate of reduction of at least 7.5 per cent, more than double the annual rate of progress achieved from 2000 to 2015. Most maternal deaths can be prevented. In 2016, 78 per cent of live births worldwide benefited from skilled care during delivery, compared to 61 per cent in 2000. In sub-Saharan Africa, however, the rate in 2016 was only 53 per cent of live births. The range of differences between Nigeria's average in maternal deaths and that of the world in general is always wide, on the high side and reflects the ordeal of mothers and infants in this country for ages. The mortality rate for children under 5 years of age globally was 43 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2015. That rate represents a 44 per cent reduction since 2000. Mortality among children under 5 years of age remains high in sub-Saharan Africa, with a rate of 84 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2015. Children are most vulnerable in the first 28 days of life (the neonatal period). In 2015, the global neonatal mortality rate was 19 deaths per 1,000 live births, a decrease from 31 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2000. Neonatal mortality is highest in Central and Southern Asia and in sub-Saharan Africa, at 29 deaths per 1,000 live births in each of those regions in 2015. Preventing unintended pregnancies and reducing adolescent childbearing through universal access to sexual and reproductive health care is crucial to the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents. In 2017, 78 per cent of women of reproductive age (15 to 49 years of age) worldwide who were married or in union had their need for family planning satisfied with modern methods, up from 75 per cent in 2000. Progress has been substantial in the least developed countries, with a rise of 18 percentage points from 2000 to 2017. Globally, the adolescent birth rate among females aged 15 to 19 declined by 21 per cent from 2000 to 2015; in Northern America and Southern Asia, it dropped by more than 50 per cent. However, the adolescent birth rate remains high in two thirds of all countries, with more than 20 births per 1,000 adolescent girls in 2015*. We implore all concerned citizens of Nigeria and the global community, NGO community and the UN System to continue their efforts in nourishing and assisting every country in Africa. Modules used by communities in South Asia and South America includes maternal and child support practices which are cost effective, and user friendly. In Heritage Lifebuoy Foundation office complex in Egbe, Lagos a hospital with laboratory, patients wards is under construction and will be made available, affordable to everyone in need. A launderette, restaurant, crèche and recreational area for kids is also under construction. The ultimate aim of these facilities is to have a conducive atmosphere for prenatal as well as antenatal care of mother and child, our focus among the SDGs to be achieved by 2030. *

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