Despite Nigeria’s growing economy and a significant cadre of well-trained health providers, Nigerian mothers and their newborns continue to die during and directly after childbirth at an alarming rate.
Only 14 percent of reproductive-age women and girls in Cameroon use a modern contraceptive method. The National Health Development Plan cites limited access to contraception among youth and adolescents as a cause of low modern contraceptive use and high rates of unsafe abortion.
Years of civil war and unrest have exacerbated extreme poverty in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the poor health status of the population. Maternal and child mortality rates continue to trump those of other countries.
In Niger, most girls are married and start having children before they surpass childhood themselves: among young women currently between ages 20 and 24, 75 percent married before age 18 and 30 percent before age 15. E2A is working with a university in Niamey to increase knowledge of SRH and access to SRH services for university students, their families, and communities.
n Mozambique, like many other sub-Saharan African nations, there has been a surge in mobile phone ownership and use in the last decade, as governments have opened their telecommunications markets to the new technologies.
As in many West African countries, accessing quality reproductive health services in Togo remains difficult, particularly outside of urban centers. Currently, a woman in Togo has a 1 in 67 chance of dying due to maternity-related causes, and unsatisfied
On average, a Guinean woman will have 5.2 children in her lifetime and has a 5 percent chance of dying from maternal causes (PRB 2011). Only 9 percent of women use a method of family planning, with only 6 percent using modern contraceptives
Women in Burkina Faso have a 1 in 28 chance of death related to maternal causes, with an average birth rate of 6 children per woman and a low contraceptive prevalence – only about 16% of women use any method at all (PRB 2011).
Ethiopia has the second largest population in sub-Saharan Africa of over 80 million, with 44% under the age of 15 and 82% living in rural areas. Recognizing that a healthy, educated workforce is needed to achieve and sustain economic development.
Burundi’s total population is 10.2 million with an annual growth rate of 2.4 percent, a total fertility rate of 6.4 children per woman and a contraceptive prevalence of 22% (PRB 2011). As of 2011, the internally displaced population, returned refugee, and