Two universities combine forces to reduce maternal mortality

July 22, 2011

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(AP/Sunday Alamba)
A woman looks after her sick baby in a maternal hospital in the Obio district of Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Nigeria has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the world. And, though the U.S. is highly developed, it trails behind 49 other countries, including Kuwait, Bulgaria and South Korea.

Today we hear about a partnership between Dr. Oladosu Ojengbede, director of the Centre for Population and Reproductive Health at the University College Hospital in Ibadan, Nigeria, and Dr. Melissa Gilliam, director of Family Planning at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Chicago. Introduced by filmmaker Dawn Sinclair Shapiro, the two doctors are forging a partnership between their universities to explore how the U.S. and Nigeria can learn from each other and improve their respective strategies on maternal healthcare.