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In Nigeria and of course most developing countries, Maternal, Newborn and Child (MNC) mortality rate has been on the increase due to many underlying factors yet to be tackled.

After several years of advocacy and action on MNC mortality, the number of maternal deaths in Nigeria still ranks second highest in the world (WHO, FMOH 2003). The estimated national maternal mortality ratio (MMR) in Nigeria is 800 per 100,000 live births, resulting in 47,000 maternal deaths each year, and for every woman who dies of maternal causes, at least six newborns die and a further four babies are stillborn (FMOF).

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