Although Northern Nigeria often makes the news for other reasons, it is now home for a radical drive to transform health care, already saving the lives of thousands of mothers and babies with the promise of saving thousands more.
Using the “Cluster Care Approach”, the Partnership for Reviving Routine Immunisation in Northern Nigeria; Maternal Newborn and Child Health (PRRINN-MNCH), a consortium led by Health Partners International, Save the Children and GRID Consulting, with support from UK aid from DFID and the Norwegian Department of State, worked with Nigerian stakeholders to achieve dramatic change.
PRRINN-MNCH supported the Northern Nigerian States of Jigawa, Katsina, Yobe and Zamfara to get on track for MDGs 4 and 5, related to child and maternal health, by strengthening health services and the systems necessary for their delivery. A key innovation of the “Cluster Care Approach” is organising system as well as service strengthening through Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (EmONC) “clusters” covering 500,000 people each. This video illustrates how stakeholders at the state, local and community levels are taking action toward Universal Health Coverage, highlighting the many benefits they reap along the way.