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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Quality, not just quantity: antenatal care in LMICs

On the surface, health records with completed rows of four antenatal care (ANC) visits for each woman, show great success. Indicators on antenatal care coverage – at least one visit and at least four visits – focused efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals on increasing the number of ANC...

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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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