Feasibility study looking at the provision of free emergency obstetric care (EOC) services – Nigeria

Feasibility study looking at the provision of free emergency obstetric care (EOC) services – Nigeria

In Nigeria, Health Partners International undertook a study for the State Ministry of Health in Jigawa to investigate the feasibility of providing free emergency obstetric care (EOC) services on a sustainable basis.

The cost of paying for obstetric emergencies has been found to be financially crippling for many people in Jigawa. As a result, even with improvements to the quality of care provided, the demand for EOC services is unlikely to increase unless the significant financial burden is reduced.

Our consultants investigated options for decreasing the high costs to patients, including the cost of providing a deferral and exemption mechanism for drugs. This information was submitted to the ministry of health to be built into the planning of the state’s health financing strategy.