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Household, frontline worker and facility follow-up surveys begin in Ethiopia and Nigeria

IDEAS’ follow-up maternal and newborn health data collection through linked household, frontline worker and health facility surveys is to start imminently in Ethiopia and Nigeria.
IDEAS’ follow-up maternal and newborn health data collection through linked household, frontline worker and health facility surveys is to start imminently in Ethiopia and Nigeria.

Upheaval, disasters and disease make it easy to forget the thousands in Northeastern Nigeria born too soon. Let’s not! Let’s count every newborn

It was a cold night in December when the twins came into the world. Born too early to a young mother by C-section they were tiny, cold and barely alive. I was on call attending to what was perhaps my 18th delivery of the day. Exhausted and inexperienced, I received them with anxiety: there were already too many sick babies in the hospital without enough staff to look after them. There was a power cut so even if there were any incubators available – there weren’t - they wouldn’t work. As the family scrambled to get blood for the anaemic mum, no one paid attention to the babies.

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