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USAID Highlights JSI’s Efforts to Scale up Chlorhexidine in Nepal

August 6, 2018

Every year, an estimated 2.6 million babies die within their first month of life. About 15 percent of these deaths are caused by complications from severe infection – which, in most cases, can be avoided with simple, cost-effective interventions.

A new data visualization blog from USAID documents how JSI and partners scaled up chlorhexidine around the globe to save newborn lives:

“From the outset of the program in Nepal, the Chlorhexidine Navi Care Program, implemented by John Snow Inc. (JSI), was designed to serve as a “living university” for chlorhexidine scale-up. JSI, USAID and the Government of Nepal carefully documented what was working – and just as importantly, what was not working – to share invaluable lessons.

These organizations partnered together to host learning visits for officials from countries interested in introducing and scaling chlorhexidine. All program-related materials were also made publicly available for other countries’ use.

The impact of Nepal’s success reached beyond its borders and paved the way for countries such as Nigeria, Bangladesh, Pakistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo to begin their own journeys to use chlorhexidine to reduce high rates of newborn deaths.”

How did the #scaleup of just one health innovation impact over 1.3 million newborns across the globe? Check out the new #dataviz blog to learn more about the antiseptic that saves lives.