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Blood shortages in #Kenya contribute to the country’s high yet avoidable maternal mortality ratio, with one third of all maternal deaths being caused by bleeding. Find out lessons on how to increase blood collection from Options’ Maternal and Newborn Improvement - Quality of Care (MANI QC) programme in Kwale County.
Publications 2021
How WISH worked with the Jigawa Contributory Health Management Agency to expand access to family planning among the under-served, Nigeria
Publications 2021
In 2016, Options' supported Bungoma County, Kenya to equip a small local blood satellite centre. Five years later, the county announced it's going to build a fully equipped blood centre following our programme's advocacy efforts.
News 2021
Nigeria’s progress towards universal health care (UHC) has been slow, with its citizens bearing high out-of-pocket health expenditures and inefficient government spending. This blog shares five insights into how the government can address the barriers to UHC.
News 2021
Option's Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Programme in Northern Nigeria (MNCH2) established and supported community-level facility health committees, which are accountability mechanisms that link community members with health facility staff. These Facility Health Committees (FHCs) play an important role in acting as a point of contact between the community and the health system. They consist of volunteer facility and community members of which 30% must be women. Through regular meetings, monitoring and feedback forums, FHCs identify gaps in quality of care at facilities and identify solutions to improve quality of care by mobilising human and financial resources. They also inform the community about health services available. These led to a social return on investment (SROI) of 7 Naira for each Naira. This could double if the intervention continued over another five years. This brief summarises the findings of a review of the social return on investments to quantify the social and environmental outcomes FHCs helped achieve into tangible monetary values.
Publications 2021
In Kenya, around 5,000 maternal deaths, nearly 29,000 newborn deaths and over 31,000 stillbirths occur each year because of the poor quality of health care. This brief demonstrates how Options’ Maternal and Newborn Improvement for Quality of Care (MANI-QC) project built the capacity of four Kenyan counties (Kericho, Nandi, Kwale and Mombasa) and service providers to better identify gaps in the quality of emergency obstetric and newborn care and to develop plans to address them through an app-based QuIC approach.
Publications 2021
Options' story on 'Removing taxes for contraceptives in Madagascar: strategic advocacy leads to increased budget for family planning' won the International Budget Partnership (IBP) Network's hosted implementation stories contest.
News 2021
This learning product describes how Ghana Somubi Dwumadie worked with the Ghana's Mental Health Authority (MHA) and other stakeholders in developing an investment case for mental health as well as the key learnings that may be useful to others developing similar investment cases.
Publications 2021
Investing more in mental health will have a transformative effect for Ghana, boosting economic growth and improving the health and wellbeing of its citizens
Publications 2021
Women and girls make their communities thrive when they have access to good quality health services. The E4A-MamaYe project has been working to improve maternal and newborn survival in sub-Saharan Africa since 2012. We have learned that building local partnerships that connect health advocates with the media, government and health professionals gives them the power to hold decision makers to account for improving women’s and children’s health.
Publications 2021

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