Rethinking innovation in maternal and child health in Africa: five case studies

It was a typical yet astonishing scene in Wandi village in northeastern Nigeria: a traditional barber known as a wanzam ceremonially shaved Abubakar Nafisatu’s hair on his seventh day of life, as is the custom there. Then the barber did something not so customary: He stressed to Abukabar’s mother the...

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Ghanaian Health Workers Embrace Early Childhood Development

Even in Celestina Asante’s earliest memories, her mother had a hot temper. “Over the years, she would flare up, scream and beat me, and then I would usually go to bed crying,” she remembers. Well into adulthood – and becoming a mother of three herself – Asante still believed her...

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Kangaroo Mother Care: Pathways to Sustainability

72 participants from countries all around the world, arrived at the Kangaroo Mother Care workshop in South Africa which was held between March 11 - 13th, representing countries such as Australia, Bangladesh, Ghana, Iran, Malawi, Namibia, Sweden, South Africa and the United States. The objective of the workshop was to...

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Acting on the Call: Everyone Needs to Play Their Part Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths within a Generation

Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths within a Generation This article was originally published on the Health Policy Plus Viewpoints blog. This past August, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ministers of health from 26 countries[1] took a major leap forward when they signed a ministerial declaration committing to end Preventable Maternal,...

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