Research dissemination webinar: Universal home visits empower households to protect maternal and child health.

Ermel Johnson

Save the date: 25 March 2021, from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm GMT


Research dissemination webinar on: “Universal home visits empower households to protect maternal and child health.”


Webinar description


Women and children in Nigeria continue to face high risks of illness and death. A five-year project in Bauchi State, Northern Nigeria, implemented universal home visits to pregnant women and their spouses and measured the impact on maternal and child health outcomes. The visits were different in several key ways: they were universal, covering all households in participating wards; they shared evidence about risk factors that households could act on themselves; and they involved men (male visitors visited the spouses of the visited pregnant women). The cluster randomised controlled trial compared outcomes between visited and non-visited wards.

Webinar speakers and short videos will present findings and implications of the project. The visits led to improve maternal and child health outcomes, and improved attitudes and actions among men. The households also reduced risk factors like heavy work in pregnancy, domestic violence, and lack of spousal communication. All this happened without increased use of health facilities. This has important implications for other areas with high maternal and child mortality and limited access to quality services from health facilities. The Bauchi State government has committed to rollout the home visits across the State, as funding allows.

The Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency collaborated with Federation of Muslim Women of Nigeria (FOMWAN, Bauchi State Chapter), a Nigerian NGO, and CIET in McGill University, Canada, to carry out this work. The research is part of the Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa (IMCHA) initiative, jointly funded by Global Affairs Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the International Development Research Centre. This webinar is co-organised with the West Africa Health Organisation, providing support to IMCHA research teams in the region for knowledge translation and uptake by decision makers.


The webinar will be available in ENGLISH, FRENCH and PORTUGUESE


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