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Abiye is the Yoruba literal translation of Safe Motherhood. But in Ondo state, it is more. It is a wish, a concept, a heart cry, a prayer, a proclamation and even much deeper. For the Mimiko administration, it is borne out of the determination to ensure that when we say “Abiye” to our mothers on their way to the labour room, they actually come back alive with their babies. It is to guarantee that our women and mothers who


are the source of life and the spine of any economy are not wasted in the course of bringing forth life.


In the world today, more than 1,500 women loose their lives everyday from pregnancy or childbirth related complications. The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) target of a reduction of maternal mortality ration by three quarters between 1990 and 2015 is yet to have a significant impact as only 5% reduction was achieved between 1990 and 2005.


The four major factors which the world must tackle in order to accelerate the realization of this goal (MDG) are:


  • Severe bleeding
  • Infections
  • Hypertensive disorders
  • Obstructed labour


This daunting task is aggravated by the fact that, for every woman who dies at childbirth, about 30 other human lives are directly or indirectly affected. Of course, the social and economic implications are far reaching beyond description. A total of 99% of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries of which Nigeria is one. Being the world’s most populous black nation, Nigeria, by implication has a burdensome share of this alarming maternal mortality rate.


Abiye unveils a creative approach in tackling maternal mortality not only from the point of view of health care but also from the perspective of the Millennium Development Goal which seeks to reduce maternal mortality in appreciation of the role of women in the growth and sustenance of the family, the economy and ultimately in the overall interest of our people.


Since its take-off in February 2010, “Abiye” has proved to be one of the most effective projects of the government in its quest to permanently wipe out tears from the faces of the good people of Ondo State.



Although severe bleeding, infections, hypertensive disorders and obstructed labour are common to all parts of the world, in Ondo State, government’s determination to ensure that such incidences are drastically reduced led to the conduct of a baseline survey and needs assessment that revealed four phases of delay:


  1. Delay on the part of patients to seek care when complications arise
  2. Delay in reaching care due to poor infrastructural support, communication challenges and transport
  3. Delay in accessing care due to poor facilities
  4. Delay in referral care for “at risk cases” or emergencies.


Having identified the four areas of delay, Abiye was therefore strategically designed to address all, reaching out to the targeted people and removing all barriers and hindrances to the pursuit of safe motherhood in Ondo State.


The solutions:

Delay of patients in seeking care:


This is taken up by educating pregnant women on dangers of delivering at home. Community Health Workers otherwise known as Health Rangers reach them where they live, work and play. Individualizing care, each Ranger attends to an average of 20 patients, regularly communicates with and visits the patients, knowing where they live and solving their problems. They use customized checklist to determine women who are at risk in pregnancy and ensure close monitoring.

Delay in reaching care:


Government provides transportation for the Rangers – motorbikes, speed boats, ambulances.

Delay in assessing care:


Upgrading and renovating peripheral facilities in all localities within the State, ensuring they are well equipped and with adequately manned personnel trained on safe delivery practices, emergency obstetric and new born care. There is also provision of drugs and necessary consumables to ensure that patients are attended to promptly and properly.

Delay in referring care:


Establishment of world class Mother and Child Hospitals in the State to take care of emergencies.


Forabiye safe motherhood project related information and enquiries, please contact:


The Project Manager

Abiye Safe Motherhood Project

Ministry of Health

Alagbaka, Akure.

Ondo State





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