This is the second of three technical briefs on the theme of evidence for action, that draws on the results and lessons learned from the PRRINN-MNCH programme. This particular brief focuses on baseline to endline changes in maternal health outcomes. The key messages are:
PRRINN-MNCH intervention in Northern Nigeria led to significant improvements in practically all maternal health outcomes.
- In Northern Nigeria the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) is estimated to be appreciably higher than the national average with recent estimates for the north over 1,200 deaths per 100,000 live births, compared to MMR estimates for the southern region below 300 deaths per 100,000 live births.
- The combined health system and community changes contributed to the improvements between 2009 and 2013 (the PRRINN-MNCH years).
- The net impact of these changes in the intervention communities was a decline in the maternal mortality ratio from about 1,300 to 1,057 deaths per 100,000 live births.