As part of efforts to boost healthcare provision for women in Nigeria, the country’s government and United States in partnership with General Electric (GE) have launched a new mother-and-child health initiative that would expand access to pre-natal screenings to more than two million expectant mothers across Nigeria by 2020.
According to GE’s President, ‘The Healthymagination initiative’ will target 1300 midwives and pre-natal primary health caregivers with over 100,000 hours of training over the next three years in maternal and child health care. Six states plus the Federal Capital Territory are being targeted.
Furthermore, a comprehensive training will start in May, followed by on-going mentoring and grading in the field by qualified trainers and clinicians. With the gradual ramp up of the programme, expectant mothers will begin to receive the ‘Vscan Access’ screenings in June at participating primary care clinics and general hospitals.
This opens up premium health care and job opportunities to care- givers and mothers alike, allowing the U.S. government and GE to achieve their shared objectives and support some of the health challenges facing Nigeria.