{Crédit photo : Abdougafarou Mamam, Médecin Chef}Le personnel de la maternité de Cobly en train de sensibiliser les femmes enceintes sur les signes de danger lors de la grossesse.Crédit photo : Abdougafarou Mamam, Médecin Chef

Lire cette histoire en anglais Le Bénin est un pays avec une disponibilité de services de santé maternelle, néonatale, et infantile très hétérogène. Le Service Availability and Readiness Assessment de 2018 indique ainsi que le pourcentage d’établissements offrant des services, comme la planification familiale ou les soins préventifs pour les enfants, se situe au-dessus de 70%.

 {Photo credit: Dr. Abdougafarou Mamam, Médecin Chef}Staff members of the maternity providing an awareness session to pregnant women on signs of danger during pregnancy.Photo credit: Dr. Abdougafarou Mamam, Médecin Chef

To read this article in French, please click here.The availability of maternal, newborn, and child health services across Benin varies significantly. While more than 70 percent of health facilities offer family planning and preventive care for children, according to the 2018 Service Availability and Readiness Assessment, only 7 percent provide comprehensive obstetric care.

A health care worker counsels pregnant women on the importance of preventing malaria during pregnancy in Ishelu, Ebonyi State, Nigeria. Photo credit: Oluwatobiloba Akerele/MSH

An estimated 76 percent of Nigeria’s population are at risk of malaria by living in high transmission areas.  Nigeria accounts for 27 percent of malaria cases worldwide and the highest number of deaths (24 percent) due to malaria in 2019 (World Malaria Report, 2020).  The U.S. President's Malaria Initiative for States (PMI-S) activity managed by USAID recognizes that “it takes a village” to achieve a malaria-free Nigeria. PMI-S is implemented in eight states -- Akwa Ibom, Benue, Cross River, Ebonyi,  Nasarawa, Oyo, Plateau, and Zamfara -- and works with health officials at all levels to improve quality and access to services, as well as reduce under-five and maternal mortality.  Here are five ways USAID is making a difference in Nigeria through PMI-S.