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Zamfara accounts for a large number of child and maternal deaths in Nigeria.

After the flag off ceremony by the Senior Special Assistant to the First lady of Zamfara State and graced by the Commissioner of Health – as well the Commissioner of Women Affairs who praised the laudable initiative, we commenced the training of birth attendants from Gusau Local Government...


For most people in other parts of Nigeria, Zamfara in this season of ‘Boko Haram’ is a no-go area.

The Brown Button Foundation team recently travelled there to open a new hub for maternal healthcare.


Lola Johnson interviews Elsie Ijorogu-Reed of Delta Women: 'Rape, in particular, has left a terrible scar on the region: in some areas of the Niger Delta, nine out of ten women have been violated...'

Children play near a borehole where a signboard is erected in Eleme community, outside Nigeria's oil hub city of Port Harcourt August 1, 2012. A bright yellow sign above the well in this sleepy Nigerian village says 'caution: not fit for use', and the sulphurous stink off the water that children still pump into buckets sharply reinforces that warning. Prosperity has flowed from Ogoniland, one of Africa's earliest crude oil producing areas, for decades. But it has flowed to the big oil companies and to Nigerian state coffers. Locals have long complained that precious little goes their way. | Photo:: Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye

Aug 2012: A bright yellow sign above the well in this sleepy Nigerian village says 'caution: not fit for use', and the sulphurous stink off the water that children still pump into buckets sharply reinforces that warning.


"Instances abound where women have lost their lives due to the inability to travel miles to reach medical facilities for delivery or even to purchase drugs to sustain live.

There was a particular case where the lack of electricity and oxygen caused the death of a woman whose labour was prolonged."

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Climate Change: Challenges Facing Nigerian Women - Statement by Brown Button Foundation 


"The impact of the water project on the hospital and the community has been great....

It is used for the general cleaning of the hospital, delivery room (before and after delivery), for bathing the mother and newborn child, for handwashing before and after each procedure."


Chris Crowstaff asks Adepeju Mabedeje about her work as a lawyer and founder of the Brown Button Foundation in Nigeria:

"Nigeria, though oil rich, is a country where corruption thrives with impunity and public officials enjoy immunity from prosecution even in the face of obvious greed and economic crimes.

More often than not, women walk miles in order to reach health centres and receive skilled healthcare. Some health centres by their looks can only be described as death centres with no mosquito nets, no mattress, no water or electricity...."

Nigeria's dissatisfied youth have vowed to keep the spotlight on government

Jan 2012: Protesters gathering in such numbers is unheard of Nigeria. Rarely has there been anything as unifying as the fuel subsidy protests. From Kano in the north to Lagos in the south, Nigerians had one cause.


Jan 2012: By Adepeju Mabadeje in Lagos: "Hard faced soldiers brandishing guns with armoured tanks and gas masks; this is the government’s way of fighting placard carrying protesters...."


Jan 2012: By Titilope Akosa - "Older women in Benin, Edo state southern Nigeria came out naked in protest. In African Tradition, when old women resort to protesting naked then hell is let loose on the pepetrator of the cause of the protest...."


Jan 2012: By Adepeju Mabadeje - "Protesters walk miles and stand for hours to register their displeasure against government’s policy and what they perceive to be reckless spending..."


Jan 2012: By Celine Osukwu - "Amnesty International has issued a statement warning Nigerian government to remove a clause in the Nigerian constitution which kind of give police power to use gun on armless persons..."