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CWC’s Head of Research Unit Discusses COVID-19

Childcare and Wellness Clinics’contributes to addressing the worldwide pandemic of 2020 as the Head of its Research Unit discusses COVID-19 in Nigeria; highlighting society’s reaction towards the disease.


A team from Childcare and Wellness Clinics (CWC) headed by the Healthcare Services Manager, represented the Board Members as they donated drugs, toys and consumables to the General Hospital Kwali, Abuja on the 14th of February 2020This is in line with CWC’s Corporate Social Responsibility. The items were received by the Chief Medical Director, Dr Halima Bello Lawal and her team in appreciation to the gesture shown by the Clinics.


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What to expect from IDEAS this year 

2019 is shaping up to be a busy year for the IDEAS project. After a wealth of data collection and analysis over the past two years, more and more results are now ready to be shared.
In Nigeria, our work on tracking progress and promoting the use of data for decision making in Gombe State will be completed this year. A final Data Driven Learning Workshop is taking place in the second quarter of the year, as well as a final dissemination event in late 2019.
Aligned with this we have been busy analysing our data on improving coverage measurement, including new evidence on the validity of different methods to measure coverage in maternal and newborn health and new evidence to help us understand respectful maternity care in this setting.
In Lagos State, we added an exciting new piece of work to the IDEAS portfolio in 2018 in the form of an evaluation of a quality improvement initiative and are looking forward to a first phase of data collection starting in March 2019.

In Ethiopia, the findings from the evaluation of the Community Based Newborn Care programme are ready and the final report will be launched in Ethiopia within the first quarter of the year.
Additionally, the Data Informed Platform for Health (DIPH) work, to support use of data for decision-making at district level, is gaining momentum with a number of workshops and meetings taking place.
Findings from the research to understand quality improvement in Ethiopia are taking shape with a number of publications in the pipeline for 2019. This includes work looking into causes for unauthorised absenteeism in Ethiopia’s health system and a qualitative study of factors affecting facility delivery.

Finally, our work on sustainability at scale is progressing quickly. All data collection for the study looking at the sustainability of the Village Health Worker Scheme in Gombe is completed and analysis is ongoing. This will come together in a third research brief in the second quarter of 2019, as well as planned journal publications. Interviews for the three-country study looking at sustainability and scalability of innovations are almost completed and initial findings will be presented in the course of the year.

Can we use DHIS2 data to monitor maternal and newborn health? A case study from Gombe state, Nigeria
A paper authored by IDEAS team member Antoinette Bhattacharya and published as part of a series on High Quality Health Systems in PLOS ONE aims to determine the quality of routine health facility-based data in DHIS2 for maternal and newborn health services in Gombe state, Nigeria.
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Improving quality of routine data
Antoinette Bhattacharya has also just wrapped up a series of four Data Quality Workshops in Gombe State working with local government area actors. In a final workshop report, she writes about how increased trust in the quality of data can lead to increased use of data for decision making.
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Collaborative Learning for enhanced maternal and newborn health in Gombe 
This is the first of two blogs reflecting on a collaboration between the Gombe State Primary Health Care Development Agency, four NGO implementation projects and IDEAS to enhance the use of data for decision-making in Gombe State, Nigeria. The work of the partnership can be conceptualised as a data-driven learning cycle, an approach to enhancing evidence-based programmatic and strategic decision-making. The second blog will focus on what has changed as a result of this three-year collaboration.
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“Their own project for their own people”: Community participation in the Village Health Worker Scheme in Gombe State, Nigeria
In one of our latest blog posts Deepthi Wickremasinghe explains how community involvement is vital for making progress towards universal coverage of health services for mothers and newborns. The example from Nigeria shows that communities cannot work in a vacuum if universal coverage is to be achieved.  The state government engagement is also important to ensure community health services are embedded in the health system and in the state’s health budget. This engagement creates an enabling environment for scale-up and sustainability.
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The humanitarian arm of Childcare and Wellness Clinics, NADI,  had some outreach to communities in Borno, Abuja and Nasarrawa States. Part of the activities included training of internally displaced women on skills acquisition to support displaced families, sharing of relief materials and startup capital. NADI was also present at the YALI West African Regional Conference in Accra Ghana.

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Researchers in CWC have partnered with institutions in the country across the world to provide their expertise in qualitative research methodology in answering real life questions about health systems management, impact and sustainability of donor funded interventions, evaluation of multi-county educational interventions and the study of health seeking behaviors in communities of north eastern Nigeria. Below are some of the work that our researchers have been engaged in:

Strengthening local leadership on population and reproductive health (2016-2017): CWC researchers gathered data and participated in producing a report of the retrospective evaluation of the MacArthur Foundation’s Fund for Leadership Development (FLD) in collaboration with the institute of international Education (IIE) and with researchers from India, Mexico and Brazil. The main aim of this evaluation was to provide a retrospective evaluation of the MacArthur fund for Leadership development (FLD), implemented from 1991 to 2013. As part of the evaluation research team members traveled to all the geopolitical zones of the country to interview grantees, interact with their communities, organizations and also beneficiaries of their work. A report was submitted to the foundation to guide in their grant making and future investments.

Transformational Leaders and Social Change: IFP Impacts in Africa and the Middle East (2017-2018): CWC researchers were part of the global research team that studied the impact of the Ford foundation international fellowship fund (IFP) on the recipients, their organizations, communities and the nation. Researchers worked with colleagues from Kenya, South Africa and Palestine.  Below are excerpts from the report as well as a link to the full report. “From 2001 to 2013, IFP provided graduate fellowships to 4,305 emerging social justice leaders in 22 countries, reflecting the Ford Foundation’s focus on promoting social change in the developing world. The foundation provided $420 million in funding resources for IFP, the single largest program commitment in its history. Fellows were selected from marginalized communities that traditionally lacked access to higher education and who had demonstrated academic and leadership potential as well as a commitment to social causes.By investing in these individuals, IFP hypothesized that it had the potential to promote social change on a broad scale

The Informed Decisions for Actions in Maternal and Newborn Health Project (IDEAS): CWC has been partners with researchers from the London School Of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) since 2014. This project aim improve the health and survival of mothers and babies through generating evidence to inform policy and practice in Ethiopia, Nigeria and India.IDEAS uses measurement, learning and evaluation to find out what works, why and how in maternal and newborn health programmes. CWC works in collaboration with a team of researchers with practical field based expertise and tested skills in qualitative and quantitative research implementation cycle, including data quality review, assessment and assurance, research ethics, participatory community interactive research and outreach. The IDEAS brochure provides an overview of the work of the IDEAS team over seven years   “Their own project for their own people” Poster presented at the  HSR project in October 2018

Family Included Global Alliance: staff of the public health division are part of the family included global alliance FIGA.  Childcare and Wellness Clinics is the principal partner of in Nigeria.Family Included is a project which seeks to help actualize the WHO declaration on family inclusive maternal healthcare; it is carried out by Dad. Info which is a UK based information service for fathers that has worked closely with UK maternity and child services for many years, providing them with resources for their own users, both fathers and mother.


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