Saving Lives at Birth

The dRPC/GCC/SLaB (Saving Lives at Birth) project is informed by the basic assumption that the health seeking behaviour of women and men accessing services and the health providing practices of health workers in local communities in Northern Nigeria are affected by misperceptions and incorrect information about what is permitted or not permitted within Islam. The project aims to support and build the capacity of a core group of Muslim Opinion Leaders (MOLs) as master trainers in order to step-down the innovative training program on Islam and MNCH targeting health providers/administrators on the correct Islamic precepts on:-DSC01674

  • Family planning/child spacing;
  • Female being attended by male health workers and vice versa;
  • Facility based antenatal care and delivery;
  • Polio and routine immunization;
  • Age of marriage


Female ISHOLThe Goal of the project is to increase the demand for Maternal and Neonatal Health (M&NH) services in poor conservative communities with dominant Muslim populations.
While the objectives include:

  1. To reduce the numbers and coverage of incorrect and negative public pronouncements against Maternal and Neonatal Health (M&NH).
  2. To increase the numbers and coverage of correct and positive public pronouncement in support of Maternal and Neonatal Health (M&NH)

The project outcome is to correct wrong impressions and provide accurate information on Islamic views to health workers on core components of maternal, neonatal and child health in order to increase uptake of services provided in selected facilities in Katsina state.

This follow-on phase of the project is informed by the basic assumption that the health seeking behavior of women and men P10205112accessing services and the health providing practices of health workers in local communities in Northern Nigeria are affected by misperceptions and incorrect information about what is permitted or not permitted within Islam. Data from the NDHS confirms the assumption that women in the programming state, Katsina state, are reluctant to deliver in hospitals due to religious/customary beliefs (NDHS 2013, Table 9.6 page 138). No DHS data exist of health workers bias and incorrect information about what is permitted within Islam. However, studies conducted by fellows of the Leadership Development for the Mobilization of Reproductive Health in Northern Nigeria suggests that Muslim health workers are as likely to hold conservative views about MNCH services as the communities they serve. In such cases, they do not seek to counsel or do they endeavor to persuade clients to accept services.

The project aims to correct wrong impressions and provide accurate information to health workers on core components of maternal, neonatal and child health in order to increase uptake of services provided in selected facilities in Katsina state.

Therefore, Muslim Opinion Leaders (MOLs) engaged in building the capacity of Health care providers on Islamic Misconceptions in MNCH to so as to “provide responsiveness and quality care service”. As such this capacity building project has achieved the following:-GC

TOTAL NO REACHED ARE:- 358
NO. of ISOLs trained in TOT:- 15
     12 Katsina
      3 Jigawa.

Targets reached by ISOLs:

2 administrators

148 Health Providers Reached

136 Health Providers

5 In-charges

7 data collectors

193 Junior Providers (Pre-service Students)


329 are made up of:-

136 in-service health providers (Working in facilities)

193 Pre-service Health Providers (Students in Schools)