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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 55-62

Integration of traditional birth attendants (TBAs) into the health sector for improving maternal health in Nigeria: a systematic review


1 Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, Nigeria
2 Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Pembroke Place, Liverpool, United Kingdom

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Dr. Sulayman Hajaratu U
Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Shika Zaria. Kaduna State
Nigeria
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DOI: 10.4103/ssajm.ssajm_25_17

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This work tries to look at how the integration of traditional birth attendants (TBAs) into the health sector in Nigeria can be a strategy for reducing maternal deaths. Skilled birth attendance in Nigeria is below 40% and most deliveries are with unskilled personnel like the TBAs. In the light of current evidence that training of TBAs can have some positive effect on neonatal outcome and with inconclusive evidence on their role in maternal health, this “birthing workforce” can be harnessed by the Nigerian government by re-defining their roles as health promoters with the overall aim of improving skilled attendance at deliveries and the reduction of maternal morbidity and mortality.


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