Maternal and Child Health (MCH)

The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) programme of LAPO addresses the major barriers to accessing quality maternal and child health services at community level viz: Inadequate information, insufficient geographically accessible, affordable and ineffective healthcare services. The intervention mitigates delays in taking decision on treatment uptake, visiting a health facility and receiving treatment, which has been linked to the high rate of maternal and child mortality in Nigeria.

Highlights

Health Facility-based Sensitization

LAPO promotes maternal and child health in Primary Health Centres across target communities. We sensitize persons seeking Maternal and Child Health (MCH) services on pregnancy care, infant care, child immunization, breastfeeding, self-medication, malaria, cervical and breast cancer, hand washing and Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) etc. The programme has further boosted the confidence of community members on services provided in the facilities.

Health Facility Development Programme

LAPO supports community health facilities in the delivery of high quality MCH services. The is in view of the fact that the Nigerian health care system is largely unable to provide basic, qualitative, cost-effective and accessible MCH services especially at community level leading to unacceptable cases of maternal, infant and child mortality.

Collaboration with Community Development Associations

In LAPO, we collaborate and mentor Community Development Associations to deliver community-based health services. This strategy ensures programme sustainability even after we may have moved to other communities.