This is the first in a series of eight factsheets on the theme of health service delivery, that draws on the results and lessons learned from the PRRINN-MNCH programme. This particular factsheet focuses on using the cluster approach to increase the availability of emergency obstetric care. The key messages are:
The cluster approach identifies areas of need and allows provision to be scaled up in a consistent manner.
- The availability of emergency obstetric care (EmOC) according to international standards is woefully lacking in Northern Nigeria.
- PRRINN-MNCH implemented a cluster approach in a phased manner to increase significantly the number of health facilities providing EmOC with skilled health workers.
- Further expansion and consolidation should reap enormous benefits in health outcomes for pregnant women and newborns.