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Striving to make births safer

It is eight years since nurse leader Chinomnso Ibe established the Traffina Foundation for Community Health (TFCH), a non-profit organisation that helps to reduce the high number of deaths from complications during pregnancy and delivery in Nigeria, her home country

It is eight years since nurse leader Chinomnso Ibe established the Traffina Foundation for Community Health (TFCH), a non-profit organisation that helps to reduce the high number of deaths from complications during pregnancy and delivery in Nigeria, her home country.

Such deaths are common. Each day in Nigeria, about 145 women die as a result of these complications, and Ms Ibe’s own mother was almost one of them. ‘Saving the lives of other mothers became my life’s desire,’ she says. ‘It’s so sad for me that every day we lose our beautiful sisters to problems that could be prevented.’

In the more developed world, the risks inherent in childbirth and infants’ early years have diminished through better access to health care, screening and vaccination. But mothers and babies in many other countries remain exceptionally vulnerable. According to World Health Organization data for 2013, the proportion of deaths in

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