Involving men in maternity care in Burkina Faso positively impacts family health

Engaging families and communities is crucial to prevent maternal and newborn mortality. We know that men often play an important role in deciding when and where women and children should seek health care. However, male partners and fathers don’t usually accompany women and children when they visit health facilities. This...

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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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Challenging the Stigma Around Stillbirth: Sharing Stories as Awareness

Most of us know someone who has experienced the devastation of stillbirth. You might not be aware that you know them. You might think stillbirths only ever happen in developing countries, due to lack of healthcare quality and access. Or that they are unpreventable. Or that they are so rare...

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How Kangaroo Mother Care Has Improved Newborn Health Outcomes and Supported Moms in Kenya

Prematurity is one of the leading causes of neonatal mortality in Kenya. Approximately 188,000 babies in Kenya are born too soon. Health workforce shortage, limited skills and lack of infrastructure including appropriate equipment, commodities and space* pose challenges to managing preterm births. Where equipment is available, it is often inadequate...

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