Workshop Ensures Child Health and Nutrition Data is Used for Decision Making

In many countries, at both community and facility levels, it is often under-resourced frontline health workers who enter duplicative data into paper-based systems—data which is then not used effectively for decision-making. Workshop attendees learned how digital tools are being used to collect data as part of service provision and shared across interoperable information systems. This interoperability allows development of people-centered information systems and facilitates continuity of care.

These Micronutrients Have a Mighty Impact

A diverse, nutrient-rich diet is the most sustainable way to prevent the negative effects of micronutrient deficiencies, such as anemia and other conditions, which can permanently impede children’s physical and cognitive growth, increase maternal and infant morbidity, and in extreme cases, lead to mortality. To address these issues, Uganda’s Ministry of Health began working with USAID in 2016 on a project to make fortified foods and supplements available to communities that cannot receive these necessary nutrients from their local food sources.

Second Edition of PEPFAR’s Best Practices for Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Site Operations Focuses on Quality

Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) is a safe and cost-effective intervention that plays an essential role in HIV prevention. Now, with the second edition of PEPFAR’s Best Practices for VMMC Site Operations, managers of sites providing VMMC are getting the latest updates and advice on how to establish and maintain quality services.

The Contraceptive Revolution in Benin

Three years ago, when Benin hovered near the bottom of the world statistics on contraceptive prevalence, and all we heard from naysayers was how “impossible and culturally sensitive” family planning is in the country, I might not have bet very much on this [the introduction of Sayana Press] being a success. But it has been so far, and all signs show it promises to go further, even faster.

Pakistani Coalitions Save Newborn Lives through Chlorhexidine Distribution

In 2016, an initiative to deliver a life-saving inexpensive drug called chlorhexidine (CHX) to all newborns in Pakistan was launched by the Pakistani Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation, and Coordination, CHX National Working Group, and USAID’s JSI-managed Health Systems Strengthening Component. Dr. Nadeem Hassan explains why this partnership is important to improving newborn health outcomes.

Kangaroo Mother Care—High on Evidence, Low on Reach

Every year, more than 20 million infants are born weighing less than 2.5 kg—over 96% of them in developing countries. These low birth weight infants are at an increased risk of early growth retardation, infectious disease, developmental delay, and death during infancy and childhood. Conventional neonatal care can be expensive and resource intensive. Kangaroo Mother Care is a low-resource, safe, and effective alternative to care for low birth weight and/or preterm newborns, and it has been shown to reduce mortality among low birth weight newborns by up to 36%.

Next Steps Necessary for Improving Nigeria’s Low Immunization Rates

It makes good sense to invest in routine immunizations. It gives one of the highest returns on investment—up to 44 dollars for every one dollar spent. In this blog post, Dr. Folake Olayinka outlines the steps that Nigeria can take to improve its low immunization rates and strengthen its routine immunization system.