Indonesia’s lessons in using innovative approaches to improving the quality of emergency obstetric and newborn care services in hospitals and health centers

“Every death counts. The death of a mother or a newborn is not just a tragedy for the family but also an indicator of an egregious failure of the health system, especially because many of these tragic deaths are preventable.”     (Saifuddin Ahmed and Judith Fullerton in the editorial of...

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Placing Women at the Center of Lifesaving Innovation Designs

In Nepal, the smallest of babies struggle to live. Born too soon and weighing less than 2500 gm, they are among the 80 percent of newborns who die within a week. Some die sooner. Prematurity accounts for a third of newborn deaths in Nepal. In Nepal, newborn mortality, over the...

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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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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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Half of the World’s Mothers Are at Risk of This Preventable Disease

A Tale of Two Mothers Kounda, Burkina Faso — Elyse Gansonre is a mother of four. Her husband is a farmer. When her husband harvests rice from their land, Elyse sells it for a small profit at a stall in the market. Jacqueline Tiendrebeogo is 9 months pregnant with her fourth child....

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