Over 90 health facilities in the Eboni and Kogi states of Nigeria have joined a quality improvement initiative to improve the quality of care for women and newborn on the day of birth.
In just two years, they have seen massive improvement in some of the key clinical practices such as managing post-partum haemorrhage, resuscitating a newborn or encouraging early breastfeeding. And the communities they are serving are seeing a difference in the care they receive.
Dr Ugo Okoli is the Deputy Chief of Party of the Maternal and Newborn Child Survival Programme (MCSP) in Nigeria, leading the quality improvement work in reproductive, maternal and newborn health in Ebonyi and Kogi States. She explains what are the success factors of this initiative, and some of the pitfalls to watch out for.