Review Article
Volume 11 Issue 1 - 2022
The Case for Doing More: Using Locally Derived, Private Sector Led Multidisciplinary Approaches to Resolve High Maternal and Child Mortality in African Settings
Adeniyi Charles Ajayi1*, Omotola Adeniyi-martins2, Thelma Anozie-Ubani3, Bamidele Oguntoyinbo4 and Etienne Poirier5
11Lead Consultant, Research and Development Unit, A.C. Ajayi Consulting Inc, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
22Research Projects Adviser (Africa), Research and Development Department, A.C. Ajayi Consulting Inc, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
33Systematic Reviewer- Scientist, CLIN, London, United Kingdom
4Research Consultant - Biostatistician (Africa), Research and Development Department, A.C. Ajayi Consulting Inc, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
5Research Consultant - Epidemiologist, Research and Development Department, A.C. Ajayi Consulting Inc, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
*Corresponding Author: Adeniyi Charles Ajayi MD, Lead Consultant, Research and Development Unit, A.C. Ajayi Consulting Inc, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Received: November 02, 2021; Published: December 31, 2021


This short review makes a case for all hands on deck to create a favorable environment for private partnership innovation to significantly reduce neonatal mortality, infant mortality, and maternal mortality in under-resourced settings. Neonatal (0 to 30 days of life) and infant mortality is very high in developing and under-resourced areas of the world. 14,000 children still die every day, equivalent to 11 deaths every minute. The toll of under-five deaths over the past two decades is staggering: between 1990 and 2015, 236 (234, 240) million children worldwide died before their fifth birthday - more than the population of Brazil, the world’s fifth most populous country. Sub-Saharan Africa remains the region with the highest under-five mortality rate in all regions in the world and Nigerians, particularly women and children, experience some of the worst threats to health in Africa. One Nigerian woman dies every 10 minutes due to complications from pregnancy and childbirth, while more than 500 newborns die daily. A concerted multi-sectoral effort is needed to address this situation and end preventable child deaths. The authors, who are currently conducting systematic reviews of available literature from within the region, propose local, private sector driven, performance-based innovative approaches that are locally derived, contextualized, evidence-based and culturally responsive as the future of maternal and child health development in African settings.

Keywords: Maternal Health; Neonatal; Under-Five Children; Nigerian Healthcare; Infants; Sub-Saharan Africa


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Citation: Adeniyi Charles Ajayi., et al. “The Case for Doing More: Using Locally Derived, Private Sector Led Multidisciplinary Approaches to Resolve High Maternal and Child Mortality in African Settings”. EC Gynaecology 11.1 (2022): 69-76.

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