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Expanded Midwives Service Scheme (eMSS)

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Nigeria continues to struggle with avoidable maternal, neonatal, and child fatalities despite efforts to improve maternity and child health (MCH) indices. Numerous studies have connected these poor indices to a lack of access to competent healthcare workers’ excellent care.

Nigeria currently falls short of the minimum standard set by the World Health Organization for providing basic care, yet there is a glaring disparity in HRH distribution, which has stalled any advancements in raising MCH indicators.

The Expanded Midwives Service Scheme (eMSS) was implemented by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) as part of attempts to enhance this. In order to expand the availability of Skilled Birth Attendants (SBAs) at primary health centers across the nation, the eMSS aims to identify and close HRH gaps across the 36 States of the Federation.

In order to launch eMMS across the Federation, Sydani is now offering technical support to the NPHCDA. It is hoped that this initiative would hasten the fulfillment of SDG Goal 3* by 2030, maximize the availability of SBAs, and improve the standard of care at all PHC levels.

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