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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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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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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