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Pathfinder International embarked on a project designed to help Nigeria get to that goal. It began equipping community health extension workers with CommCare, a mobile phone app that collects information needed to determine the kind of antenatal health services provided to mothers.
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According to Farouk Jega, the country representative for Pathfinder International, Nigeria, 175 fellows have been recruited into the Nigeria programme since 2001.
He also said 44 per cent are women, while 56 per cent are men. He said 11 percent of the fellows are “people with special needs”.
Hauwa Mansour Waziri, the nurse who heads the hospital's pre-natal clinic, says that between 350 and 450 pregnant women, some as young as 15, now take advantage of these services each week. Some travel from neighbouring states to receive ultrasounds, counselling on "danger signs" in pregnancies, and information on nutrition. They are strongly urged to arrive at the hospital to deliver "while you can still walk". Those who wait until the last minute can endanger the life of their child.
Blood transfusion is essential for preventing maternal death from postpartum hemorrhage but blood bank refrigeration is a problem in areas without reliable electricity. With funding from the Cloverleaf Foundation, Pathfinder International developed a solar-powered system to address this problem.
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As part of efforts to prevent deaths from bleeding in pregnancy, Pathfinder International has intensified efforts at enlightening community members on the need to donate blood voluntarily and seek delivery only from trained birth attendants.
If successfully implemented, "the records will not only inform what doctors do on a clinical level, how they treat a patient, but also on a policy level," he said.