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Female health workers boosting immunization coverage in Kano

UNICEF Nigeria/2018/Owoicho

   

In Hotoro North health centre, Kano State, an all-female team of ten health workers is working hard to change the low immunization rate in their community. The team, led by a female director, has recorded one of the highest improvements in vaccination of children in the state. The health workers provide routine immunization services, vaccinating pregnant women, mothers and their children against diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus and other vaccine-preventable diseases. The vaccines protect mothers and children by helping to safely develop immunity to diseases.

A little training goes a long way

UNICEF Nigeria/2018

At the primary healthcare centre in Gar, Bauchi state in northeast Nigeria, Hafsat Musa, one of the community health extension workers, sits brooding. She is not her usual bubbly self this morning. A pregnant woman, whose expected delivery date was more than one month overdue, was rushed into the clinic earlier in the morning. Hafsat battled to save the baby’s life. Unfortunately, it was too late.

“The problem here is that many women believe strong women deliver at home. They say the weak, and those who cannot endure pain, are the ones rushed to health centres for delivery”, she says. “It is dangerous both for the mother and the child.” But things are changing.

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