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Access to Preventive Healthcare for Children: A New Approach in Cococodji, Benin
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Within only three months, the number of healthy children receiving preventative care at the Cococodji Health Center in Abomey Calavi/Sô-Ava went from 70 per month to over 500 per month. Before, those few children who did come to the health center were primarily there for vaccinations. But the health center’s Quality Improvement Team (QIT) recognized two important things: 1) preventative services were not integrated with the vaccinations or other health services, and 2) the health center had underutilized human resources, including the social assistant. The QIT responded by putting in place a team, led by the social assistant, to specifically monitor healthy children, integrating preventative care counseling and offering regular follow-up services for children.
The Advancing Newborn, Child and Reproductive Health (ANCRE) project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and led by University Research Co., LLC, supports the Ministry of Health in its fight against maternal and infant morbidity and mortality in ten health zones in Benin. This support is helping the government of Benin improve the quality and coverage of evidence-based, high-impact interventions, which includes improving healthcare monitoring of children. The Cococodji Health Center is an example of how QITs can accelerate improvement of these interventions.
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