Today in Nigeria, an estimated one million mothers and children die each year from preventable deaths. Through Saving One Million Lives, Nigeria’s Ministry of Health has set new goals to improve quality health care in 2013 and save the lives of one million mothers and children. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg of Norway, Honourable Minister of State for Health of Nigeria Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate, and Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) board member Chelsea Clinton all came together in Nigeria to support this new program.
Nigeria’s Ministry of Health plans to reach their goals by implementing health care and treatments that can be rapidly scaled up, such as expanding access to oral rehydration solution (ORS) and zinc, which have the potential to prevent more than 90 percent of the 100,000 annual diarrhea-related deaths in Nigeria. According to the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children, ORS and zinc have been identified as two of 13 essential commodities that are vital for improving mortality yet are neglected.
CHAI has been a key partner to the government of Nigeria in scaling up the efforts to increase access to diarrhea treatment, as well as in improving access to HIV/AIDS treatment over the past five years. Earlier this year, CHAI supported the government of Nigeria to develop its first National Essential Medicines Scale-Up Strategy, which specifies national coverage targets and prioritizes key actions for the next three years. CHAI, the government of Nigeria, the government of Norway, and other non-governmental organizations will seek to expand ORS and zinc treatment by 80 percent, saving the lives of an estimated 220,000 children by 2015.
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Read the press release on Saving One Million Lives.