About the Nigerian Midwives Service Scheme (MSS)

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The Nigerian Midwives Service Scheme (MSS) was created in December 2009 to help lower maternal and infant mortality rates in rural, underserved areas of Nigeria. The MSS addresses the shortage of skilled obstetric care providers and poor access to basic emergency obstetric care by:

  • recruiting and deploying newly qualified, unemployed, and retired midwives
  • and equipping clinics to provide basic emergency obstetric care.

The program's goal was to double the proportion of deliveries attended to by skilled birth attendants and lower maternal and infant mortality in target areas by 60 percent by December 2015.

Phase 1 of the MSS took place in 652 primary care clinics across all of Nigeria's 36 states, serving more than 10 million people.

The MSS is administered by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency and is funded by a special MDG-DRG (Debt Relief Gains) Account.