Race to save lives

Authors: Damilola Oyedele
Document Type: Press
Publication Date: 2014

This press article, featured in This Day Live, focuses on how the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Nigeria has joined the fight to reduce the country’s high maternal/infant mortality rates by pledging to make available free vehicles from its members when needed, through an Emergency Transport Scheme (ETS). The ETS is an initiative of the DFID-funded Partnership for Reviving Routine Immunization in Northern Nigeria/ Maternal, Newborn and Child Health programme (PRRINN-MNCH),which came to Nigeria in 2007 and was operational in four states РJigawa, Zamfara, Yobe and Katsina. The NURTW is now prepared to expand the scheme from the current four states to all states in Northern Nigeria, as this region has been identified to have higher maternal/infant mortality rates than other regions in the country.

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Tags: Nigeria, Maternal newborn services, Newborn health, Maternal health, Emergency transport, Community participation, Emergency Transport Scheme, Emergency Transport System, PRRINN-MNCH, Access to health services, Union, Community volunteers,