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The social and economic determinants of maternal morbidity and mortality in Nigeria

Olasupo P. Ogunjuyigbe, Obafemi Awolowo University
Ayotunde Titilayo, Obafemi Awolowo University

It is well known that Nigeria has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the developing world. The disease conditions that lead to maternal mortality in Nigeria are the same as in most parts of the developing world. However, it is the adverse socio-economic and cultural circumstances under which these disease conditions occur that increase the likelihood of maternal mortality in Nigeria. This unfortunate situation is attributable to a variety of factors such as high rate of poverty and the poor state of our national economy among others. The purpose of this paper, therefore, is to examine the impact of some selected socio-economic indicators on the current state of maternal health in Nigeria and come up with suggestions on how to achieve reduction in the ratio of maternal health in Nigeria.

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Presented in Poster Session 4