According to UNICEF, Nigeria has one of the world’s highest infant mortality rate per 1,000 live births. The current infant mortality rate for Nigeria is 59.181 deaths per 1000 live births, a 2.44% decline from 2019.
This high rate is mostly caused by the persisting low numbers of births occurring in health facilities and the low number of births attended to by trained healthcare service providers. Problems such as obtaining money for treatment, distance to health facilities and having to take transport are some of the many difficulties stated by women in describing difficulty with accessing healthcare. The lack of access to or use of quality delivery services is an issue of immense importance in Nigeria.
The consequences of the poor state of pregnant women in Nigeria are numerous and affect maternal as well as child mortality. The under-five mortality rate in Nigeria is 132 per 1,000 live births meaning that 1 in 8 Nigerian children never reach the age of 5. One Nigerian woman dies in childbirth every 10 minutes, and 1 Nigerian child under-5 years of age dies every minute.
Pneumonia, a deadly yet preventable disease claimed the lives of more than 800,000 children under the age of five in 2018, globally, or one child every 39 seconds, according to UNICEF. Nigerian children made up the highest number of those who died, with an estimated 162,000 deaths in 2018 – 443 deaths per day, or 18 every hour. The disease can be prevented with vaccines, and easily treated with low-cost antibiotics if properly diagnosed. However, tens of millions of children are still going unvaccinated and one in three with symptoms do not receive essential medical care.
The Flying Doctors Healthcare Investment Company was born out of the urgent necessity to help Africans get the healthcare services they deserve. Therefore, we remain committed to working to improve the worrying state of healthcare in Nigeria and Africa by backing up innovative start-ups working to make Nigerians healthier. See how some of our portfolio companies are changing the narrative:
Helium health is eliminating the issue of logistics limitations associated with providing in-person care by providing telemedicine solutions.
MDaaS Global is addressing the lack of high-quality, affordable diagnostic services available for sub-Saharan Africans, starting with Nigeria.
Sygen manufacture low-cost generic antibiotics to make drugs more accessible.
Chisco Express transport drugs to hundreds of pharmacies across the country
Lifestores pharmacy: Antibiotics are sold by a branch of Lifestores pharmacy
We are proud of the positive impacts these solutions proffer and are raising a $1billion fund to invest more in healthcare and wellness across Africa. You can read more about it here: https://bloom.bg/2FIrCZl