Every child alive in Nigeria

A fair chance in life begins with a strong, healthy start. Unfortunately, many children in Nigeria are still deprived of this.

UNICEF Nigeria
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UNICEF Nigeria/2018/Naftalin

11 July 2018

A fair chance in life begins with a strong, healthy start. Unfortunately, many children in Nigeria are still deprived of this.

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UNICEF Nigeria/2018

Nigeria represents the highest number of newborns dying on the African continent. Each year more than 250,000 babies die in the country, many on the day they are born.

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UNICEF Nigeria/2018

Each of these deaths is a tragedy, especially because majority of them could prevented.

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UNICEF Nigeria/2018/Naftalin

More than 80 per cent of newborn deaths are due to prematurity, asphyxia, complications during birth or infections such as pneumonia and sepsis.

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UNICEF Nigeria/2018/Naftalin

These deaths can be prevented with access to well-trained midwives during antenatal and postnatal visits as well as delivery at a health facility, along with proven solutions like clean water and hand-washing, disinfectants, breastfeeding within the first hour, skin-to-skin contact, proper cord care, and good nutrition.

A baby is being weighed at a UNICEF-supported health centre in Borno State.
UNICEF/2018/Naftalin

Too often, these simple cost-effective solutions are out of reach of the mothers and babies who need them the most in Nigeria.

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“I firmly believe that by standing together and working shoulder to shoulder with the Government and our partners, we can drive positive change. Together, we can give more girls and boys in Nigeria a fair chance at the beginning of life,” says Sanjana Bhardwaj, Chief of Health, UNICEF Nigeria.

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UNICEF Nigeria/2018/Naftalin

Earlier in 2018, UNICEF Nigeria launched the campaign, Every Child ALIVE, and it continues to call for and deliver solutions on behalf of newborns across the country.