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dateline: 07 April 2016

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Nigerian Doctor Leads Campaign to Ban Church Births

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • governor: an elected head of state
  • campaign: an organized work effort to achieve a social or political goal
  • ban: to make a thing or activity illegal
  • maternal mortality: the death of women from pregnancy related problems

Nigerian Doctor Leads Campaign to Ban Church Births

Dr. Linda Ayade, the wife of Nigeria’s Cross River state , is leading a campaign to put an end to church births in Nigeria. According to a recent BBC news report, the of choosing a church instead of a health facility for giving birth is still very common in many Nigerian states. Many women who choose this option are deeply . They choose to put their faith in God and a birth attendant instead of a hospital. Dr. Ayade wants to see this practice banned and hopes that a new law will reduce the rate of maternal in her country. Nigeria currently has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the world.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who is Dr. Ayade?
  2. According to this report, where do many Nigerian women go to give birth rather than going to a medical facility?
  3. What is Dr. Ayade’s goal?

Discussion Questions: Besides giving birth outside of a hospital, what other factors increase the rate of maternal mortality in a nation such as Nigeria?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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