In Nigeria, despite maternal, newborn, child health, and nutrition (MNCH+N) indicators improving in recent years, child mortality rates in Northern Nigeria remain among the highest in the world. Breakthrough ACTION sought to better understand the current landscape and to insight into the human experience of MNCH+N. The project learned that people’s values, needs, priorities, home environment, gender equity in decision making, and community, social, cultural, and religious factors influence MNCH+N health outcomes and behaviors. For example, many women do not have the agency or ability to make decisions—and take action—concerning pregnancy, childbirth, or childcare. Breakthrough ACTION’s solutions include bringing together community leaders, religious leaders, and women’s groups to develop an innovative campaign to support the adoption of healthy behaviors among communities in Northern Nigeria. This Nigeria MNCH+N Spotlight provides an overview of how Breakthrough ACTION applied the SBC Flow Chart to develop these solutions.
This website is made possible by the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The Breakthrough awards are supported by USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health, Bureau for Global Health, under Cooperative Agreements: #AID-OAA-A-17-00017 and #AID-OAA-A-17-00018. Breakthrough ACTION is based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for Communication Programs. Breakthrough RESEARCH is based at Population Council. The contents of this website are the sole responsibility of Breakthrough ACTION and Breakthrough RESEARCH. The information provided on this website is not official U.S. Government information and does not necessarily represent the views or positions of USAID, the United States Government, Johns Hopkins University, or Population Council.
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