How A 'Magic' Ointment is Preventing Newborn Deaths in Nigeria

Chlorhexidine is an antiseptic gel that has been proven to reduce the incidence of neonatal mortality by about 23% when used in and around the umbilical cord of a newborn, writes Nigeria Health Watch. In traditionally conservative cultures, there is sometimes reluctance to accept new healthcare interventions. Yet, Chlorhexidine is being accepted in Sokoto State in Nigeria. The reason? The buy-in of a group of important gate-keepers; traditional and religious leaders.

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