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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Breastfeeding in low-resource settings: Not a “small matter”

My mother taught me the way of Acoli, and nobody should shout at me because I know the customs of our people. When the baby cries let him suck milk from the breast. There is no fixed time for breastfeeding. When the baby cries it may be he is ill;...

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Working with Government Systems to Improve Exclusive Breastfeeding Practices in Urban Informal Settlements of India

In urban Maharashtra, a highly industrialized state in India, exclusive breastfeeding rates are low, around 50%. Increasing rates of exclusive breastfeeding is an effective strategy for preventing diarrhea, a leading cause of poor nutritional status and death among infants. Researchers at the Mumbai-based non-profit Society for Nutrition, Education & Health...

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