Nigeria is located in West Africa sharing the border with Benin in the west, Cameroon and Chad in the east, Niger in the north and the south by the Atlantic Ocean. With a population of about 162 million it is the most populous African country. The country comprises of 36 states and a Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Nigeria has abundance of natural resources, particularly oil and natural gas. Half of the population lives in rural areas. The life expectancy at birth is 54 years for women and 53 years for men (NDHS, 2008)[1].

[1] National Population Commission (NPC) [Nigeria] and ICF Macro. 2009. Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey 2008. Abuja, Nigeria: National Population Commission and ICF Macro.

Key MNH Indicators

  • Maternal Mortality Ratio: 630/100,000 live births (2010) *2
  • % Skilled Birth Attendance: 34 (2010) **2
  • % Contraceptive Prevalence Rate: 14 (2011) +2
  • Total fertility Rate: 5.7 (2011)
  • Ante-Natal Care (at least one visit): 53 (2010) **2

*: WHO statistics, 2013 Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990 to 2010. WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA and the World Bank. Geneva, World Health Organization, 2012 (

**: WHO global database on maternal health indicators, 2013 update. Geneva, World Health Organization (

+: World Contraceptive Use 2012. United Nations, Department of Economic and SocialAffairs, Population Division, 2012. WHO regional, income-group and global aggregates refer to 2010. The methodology for the aggregates is available in World ContraceptiveUse 2012 and in the technical paper: Alkema, et al. National, regional and global levels and trends in contraceptive prevalence and unmet need for family planning between 1990 and 2015: a systematic and comprehensive analysis (forthcoming).

++: World Population Prospects: the 2010 Revision. New York, Population Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations Secretariat, 2011.

Our Partners in Nigeria

Nigeria 1 Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria 

Nigeria 2  Zankli Medical Centre 


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