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"Winners were ex-losers who got mad about Failure!!!!"
I am a Nigerian woman and a mother of three who works full time at a government parastatals. I come from a place where a woman's education is not considered important. I was fortunate my family differs and my education was a priority like that of the boys. But the issue of poverty and illiteracy is still and would continue to be an issue for a long time to come.
I have tried in my own little way to make a difference in the lives of those who are less privileged by encouraging them to attend school paying their fees etc. I have also set up poultry farming at some point in order to help employ youths whose school fees I also paid.
I engage in some form of community service by teaching young girls how to read and write at my free times. I love to see economic advancement in people around me. I have a Bachelor Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, a PgD in Education, Geographic Information Systems and another in Transport and Logistics.
I guess I'm late here, there are a number of factors that make maternal and infant mortality an issue in Northern Nigeria. One is the culture an tradition another is poverty and illiteracy. On the other hand, there is inadequate healthcare facilities and or workers at the rural areas or general in accessibility at times of real medical emergencies. If all the above factors are not a problem, then one of the others would be. I've interacted with women, husbands, mother in laws about the issue of ante natal and hospital delivery. You find that the husband family due to fear of what might be spent at the hospital make them stop the expectant mother from having a health worker attending to her. I remember there was a program by Population and Reproductive Health Partnership in collaboration with University of Berkeley, Ahmadu University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, and a host of others took to the use of "Misoprostol" in women to stop post partum hemorrhage. It helped in reducing maternal mortality. The use of SMS Technology to Facilitate Community Based Surveillance of Maternal &Newborn Health in Rural Communities in Northern Nigeria.