Using basic mobile phones, 60,000 Nigerians have dialed into a game where they can win points for their mastery of important maternal and child health information. This approach has drawn in a large number of men on a topic where it is often hard to engage them.
Susan Rich has been involved with the CCP-led Nigeria Urban Reproductive Health Initiative since it began 10 years ago. In this Q&A, she reflects on a decade of NURHI as it comes to an end.
Testing everyone for malaria who comes to the clinic with a fever could be a game changer for overburdened health systems dealing with malaria. A new testing protocol in Nigeria was developed by CCP.
“Ten years ago, we set off to make family planning a social norm in Nigeria,” says Susan Krenn, CCP’s executive director. “Not only have we achieved that hand-in-hand with our government partners, we celebrate the end of NURHI knowing that what we have started will continue on.”
A successful CCP pilot program significantly increased the number of symptomatic Nigerians referred for tuberculosis testing. Now, USAID is expanding the program to reach even more Nigerians with TB.
In the 10 states Nigerian where The Challenge Initiative is active, more than half a million women have adopted modern contraception in the program's first three years. CCP leads the program in Nigeria.
“We’re really interested in the value of songs as a communications tool," says Clare Barlow, curator of a new exhibit at the Wellcome Collection. CCP's is included along with nine other songs about infectious diseases.
CCP’s Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative has performed more than 500 makeovers, transforming rundown and poorly functioning health clinics in a single weekend. And this unique model is now expanding.
“My Family Planning Guide” is a distance learning education mobile app designed by CCP in Nigeria to keep family planning service providers up-to-date on the newest types of modern contraception and strengthen interpersonal communication with clients.
Through a combination of strategies, CCP's project boosted the number of women adopting modern contraception after giving birth in 40 private health facilities by more than seven-fold in one year. The strategies are now being scaled up to an additional 200 private clinics over the next year.