Nigeria maternal health programme

UK Aid Match

UK Aid Match is a UK aid-funded programme that doubles all donations received during a defined appeal period. Christian Aid are managing UK Aid Match programmes in Kenya, Malawi and Nigeria.

UK Aid Match 2: maternal health in Kenya and Malawi

UK Aid Match 2.2 focuses on maternal health programmes in Isiolo County, Kenya, and Karonga District, Malawi. Programme activities include the funding of maternity wings in district hospitals, rural transport to bring pregnant women to local health facilities and awareness raising in remote rural communities.

UK Aid Match 4: health - integrated community case management (ICCM) in Nigeria

UK Aid Match 4 focuses on integrated community case management of childhood illnesses - malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea - in four Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Benue State, Nigeria.

The project will increase knowledge of, access to, and uptake of quality, Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) services and interventions. These will contribute to a reduction in child mortality and morbidity rates. The project has been named the Partnership for Improved Child Health (PICH).

Key information

Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria

  • Maternal health in Kenya and Malawi - UK Aid Match 2: April 2015 to May 2018
  • Integrated community case management of childhood illnesses in Nigeria (ICCM) - UK Aid Match 4: September 2016 to August 2019
Programme value
  • Maternal health: £3 million raised by the 2014 Christian Aid Christmas appeal and match funded by UK aid
  • ICCM: £2.6 million raised by the 2015 Christian Aid Christmas appeal and match funded by UK aid
Target population
  • Maternal health: 980,264 beneficiaries
  • ICCM: 974,833 beneficiaries
Implementing partners
  • Maternal health, Kenya: Kenya Anglican Development Services of Mt Kenya, Centre for Rights Education and Awareness
  • Maternal health, Malawi: Adventist Health Services, Foundation for Community Support Services
  • ICCM, Nigeria: Jirah Doo Foundation, Ohonyeta Caregiver
Consortium partners
  • Maternal health: United Reformed Church (URC) and the Church Times
  • ICCM: United Reformed Church (URC), The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Church Times, Diocese of Guildford, Diocese of Coventry and the Diocese of Liverpool
Funded by
UK aid

Our approach

UK Aid Match 2: maternal health

Our joint programme in Kenya and Malawi focuses on saving lives in childbirth by strengthening demand for and access to health services, using powerful stories from pastoralist communities in rural communities of both countries.

Appeal funds are used to improve maternal and new-born health for vulnerable women and babies by increasing demand for, access to, and uptake of health services in Kenya and Malawi. 

UK Aid Match 4: Integrated Community Case Management (ICCM)

ICCM is about testing the feasibility of removing very simple diagnosis and treatment from the health centre setting, to the community setting. This would result in faster treatment for simple issues, faster referral of complicated issues and more capacity at the health centre to deal with complicated issues.

ICCM addresses both the supply and demand side of the problem identified.

  • On the supply side, the project brings services closer to communities. This will be achieved through building the capacity and changing the role of local front line health staff, addressing existing gaps in commodity and logistics management and improving the supply of essential medicines as outlined in the national implementation guideline/protocol.
  • On the demand side, there will be increased health promotion, education and awareness messaging to increase acceptance and uptake of child health services from service providers - the low level health facilities and community resource persons (CORPS).

    Through the Community Development Committees, community members will play oversight roles over the CORPs and demand improved health service provision in communities/wards. The improved service, as achieved through the supply side, will lead to improved client satisfaction which will also result in increased demand. 


Most cases of child death in Nigeria are caused by treatable diseases like malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia. These are case studies from Christian Aid Nigeria's UK Aid Match funded PICH project, to reduce morbidity and mortality rates in under fives.
Case studies: Christian Aid and our partners in Malawi are implementing a three year UK Aid Match (UKAM) project to improve maternal, neonatal and child health outcomes, funded by the UK aid.
Case studies from Christian Aid's UK Aid Match (UKAM) project in Malawi. How traditional birth attendants (TBAs) are being retrained to ensure mother's can access skilled care.
This collection of case studies presents an insight into how Christian Aid’s UK Aid Match programme is improving the lives of girls, pregnant women and mothers in rural Kenya.
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