EHS-COVID (506) Action Brief: Maintaining essential health services in Abia State, Nigeria

10 December, 2021

Our colleagues at WHO Health Services Learning Hub have just published an Action Brief "Maintaining essential health services in Abia State, Nigeria".

Engagement of local community played a key role in mitigation of the COVID-19's impact on health services - see how else Abia State (Nigeria) is managing the pandemic:

Key learning themes:

• Telemedicine played a crucial role in mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and maintaining essential health services.

• Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWs) were instrumental in the implementation of an outreach postnatal service during the first COVID-19 lockdown. This formed part of a broader effort to ensure the maintenance of MNCH services in Abia State.

• Engagement with local community leaders was key in building trust in the delivery of modified services. This holistic approach also laid the foundation for combating COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy.

This Action Brief is an outcome of the HLH open call for submissions, find out more:

Best wishes, Neil

Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator,