According to the report: “Nigeria has the 12th highest rate of first-day death in the world, making Nigeria one of the riskiest places to be born, as well as one of the countries with the most first-day deaths.
Nigeria's performance in improving maternal and newborn survival in an international context needs to be addressed.
At the heart of the problem is the fact that millions of women lack access to a physician or healthcare facility.
The charity compared factors such as maternal health, child mortality, education and income in 176 countries.
For the first time, the charity has compiled a separate index on newborn deaths. While deaths of children under five around the world have come down substantially in recent years, there has been little progress on newborns.
the EU ambassador to Nigeria said the maternal and newborn health support programme would "help in improving the health status of women and children through an enhanced and sustainable primary healthcare delivery system."
The Sokoto State Government distributed chlorhexidine to prevent umbilical cord infections in newborns to all 244 wards in Sokoto State, Nigeria.
"The answer is pretty simple. We're not taking full advantage of the promising interventions we have at our disposal," Gary Darmstadt told the conference.
The results-based grant will be used in Ondo, Adamawa and Nasarawa states to help address maternal and newborn health, immunisations and control communicable diseases.
Sokoto’s procurement of CHX and Misoprostol means that up to 2,250 newborn deaths due to cord infection and up to 1,000 maternal deaths due to postpartum hemorrhage will be prevented.