Nigeria grapples with high maternal mortality

Poverty and poor education lead to one in 13 women dying in childbirth, the world's second highest rate.

    The United Nations has 1,000 days left to achieve its Millennium Development Goals, which include targets to reduce poverty, increase education and improve health by the year 2015.

    In Nigeria, the UN’s World Health Organisation says one in every 13 women die during childbirth, making it the country with the second highest rate of maternal mortality in the world.

    The government made an earlier effort to reduce the problem by sending hundreds of trained midwives in 2009 to different parts of the country.

    Al Jazeera's Mohammed Adow reports from Lagos, Nigeria.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.