The Society for Family Health, in collaboration with Population Services International and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, are implementing an intervention programme to reduce the high maternal and infant mortality rate in Gombe state, Nigeria. The project - having identified access to health facilities, difficult terrains, reliance on the traditional practices of pregnancy and childbirth - set about addressing some of these challenges through a learning period that lasted 2 years.
Using data to inform implementation
The project's fourth newsletter demonstrates how Society for Family Health's maternal and newborn health project has used data showing encouraging results as well as low performance to adapt and improve their implementation:
"So far, newborn life-saving interventions such as delayed pathing (24hrs), explisve breast feeding and clean cord care appear to be struggling in performance compared to the uptake of antenatal [pregnancy] care attendance and skilled birth attendance. Based on these findings, the project has intensified its supervision of community volunteers and introduced new outreach strategies to promote newborn life-saving interventions."
The newsletter also includes updates on:
- new project leadership
- a revamp to the emergency transport scheme
- stories from the field: Traditional Birth Attendants making a difference and inspiring volunteers
- stories from the international scene, including the IDEAS Learning Workshop