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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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“Being part and parcel of CWC even for three weeks, is everything undergoing my internship in this organization was worth it and very promising…the staff, honestly the staff are truly wonderful…I worked in the lab and nurses’ station and the staff there assisted me as i was incorporated into the hospital’s mode of operation, the lab technicians and scientists were ever so steadfast in what they did, even as they taught me how to carry out finger pricks, check the full blood count, malaria parasites and widal (typhoid) tests and all the principles involved. I would recommend this hospital to anyone in need of treatment or work. Thank you very much CWC for teaching me a lot of things. I am truly grateful.”

Nzenwa Ikemsinachi

“When taking someone’s blood for test different types of syringes are used, my favorite is the finger prick; it is usually used for the malaria parasite. after spending so much time in the lab you get to the different syringes used for different tests. The laboratory process in the lab is very quick and effective; and the lab has different machines that are used for different tests…Generally the doctors and nurses at the clinic are very nice and CWC is family I’m happy to be part of. The experience I had at CWC is something I will take wherever I go.”

Hadiza Mohammed Kashim


“My first day at Childcare and Wellness Clinics kicked off with me in the theater, thinking my first day would be boring and restricted, it was totally the opposite. I was introduced to the wornderful CWC family. On that day I assisted Dr Yashua with a patient who had Osteoporosis, which is an infection in the bone. She used sterilized equipments and saline water to clean the opening of the wound. The development of a child can be altered right from birth, which is the reason why the first thing a doctor asks during a consult is patient history. I gathered all these information during a consult with a patient. My experience as an intern at Childcare and Wellness Clinics has enlightened me in every medical way possible. I am proud to say my journey in the medical world started here at CWC and it is definitely not the end.”

Ni’ima Mohammed Sambo

“The Journey started on the 26th of January 2013, when I was employed as the laboratory manager in the Laboratory Department of CWC. The  lab has witnessed increased patient influx as a result of steady growth of the Clinic, resulting in more test being done in the laboratory. Nevertheless the laboratory is yet to fully exploit its potential. I am going to be working to have a fully automated laboratory department that can carry out all tests with sure precision.”

Omoigui Itohan Okpafe (Mrs)

“From the time of opening till date, the hospital has been doing great, moving well and carrying each and every one along. There is reasonable cooperation among the workers though sometimes human imperfection comes in. The workers relate very well with our patients and clients which gives the hospital a very wonderful image and makes  our clients keep on recommending the hospital to their friends, family and their well wishers.”

Nurse Amaka

“I see CWC as a place where there is room for career progression and a unique learning environment. I joined the Clinic as a frontdesk officer where I was responsible for welcoming patients and their relatives and making them comfortable. I played my given part well until I was upgraded to the accounts department as the Accountant. I hope the management will strive to continue to provide a positive workplace attitude to staff. Only in this environment can our contribution to customer satisfaction improve and increase.”

Onifade Maryam Yetunde

“At the time I took this job at CWC I was a Medical Officer. Now I’ll say loosely I am a Medical Director in training. The patients have been a joy. I believe all doctors are extroverts in boring jobs. We like to deal with people. The patients at CWC are handpicked to make our days challenging, yet interesting. I am more excited about the way the patient load has built up slowly yet steadily. For every young doctor, balalnging working with time to study and improved one’s self is paramount. I have been afforded the opportunity to improved medical knowledge and skills by working directly with the Medical Director, who never stops teaching. The aspect of the job that has been most surprising and challenging has been the call to manage. I have appreciated the problem solving, diplomacy and decision making in non-clinical matters that comes with it. This has affected my practice of medicine and prescription attitude. My overall impression has been that CWC has a lot to contribute to me and I in turn am constantly challenged to contribute more to CWC.”

Dr. Remi Alege

“Coming to CWC was an eye opening to me. I have never liked going to hospitals, the smell of it makes me sick, i have never like drugs, injections or anything associated to it. When I came to CWC I was posted to the pharmacy, I was then assigned to arrange the drugs accordingly. It was such a great challenge that I had to get used to. I got used to the system as days goes by and with the help of the doctors and some colleagues around. I am planning to study more on the pharmaceutical aspect.”

Radiyah Muhammad Zaidu

“Bad experiences always have bad effects on one’s progress in life. The attitude of private employees I have worked with propelled me to conclude on a personal ground, that I was not going to work with private establishments again. What would have been the greatest miss of my life was not to have taken up the job offered by CWC. I was amazed to have be lucky to visit a beautiful environment that will soon be my place of work. A conducive working environment, staff welfare, reasonable remuneration, staff qualities, interpersonal staff relations above all it is a place of skill acquisition garnished with further training and ability to grow high.”

Vincent E. Emmanuel

“As a pediatric nurse, working in a pediatric hospital has been my heart’s desire. I must commend the management tactics, it is quite alarming, hence leading to growth boost of the organization. Good managerial skills able to curb all workers, making them work in unity and as a family. An also making optimal goal to be ‘excellent patient care’.”

Onyeke Gloria