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Pragmatic approach to halt preventable maternal and neonatal deaths in Nigeria

A.O. Komolafe, O.O. Irinoye


Objectives: The objective of the paper is to promote a pragmatic approach to stem high maternal and neonatal mortality in Nigeria as it is becoming increasingly evident that ending preventable maternal and neonatal deaths goes beyond counting the numbers.

Methods: A literature search was performed of Pub Med, HINARI, Google scholar using keywords in the review to build a set of search terms. Reference lists of all the included studies were scanned to identify additional relevant studies.

Results: Facility-based death review, review of near-miss and clinical audit are quality improvement methods and on their own are health care interventions.

Conclusion: Though findings from reviews and audit provide actionable information, the commitment of health care providers to act on the information is key to achieving the purpose of reviews and audits. There is need to invest in health system researches that focus on quality improvements in maternal and neonatal care in Nigeria.

Keywords: audit, review, quality, improvement

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