The health of women and girls is particularly important to national development; however in Sierra Leone, early pregnancy and teenage child bearing serve as a significant hindrance to the health, wellbeing, progress and empowerment of adolescent and young women.
For Sierra Leone to achieve MDGs 4 (reduce child mortality), simple hygiene and umbilical cords cleaning approach by using 7.1% chlorhexidine can prevent thousands of newborns from infection and such save more lives.
In Sierra Leone, our experience working with the health systems is that great things are happening. However, if we don’t document these experiences, or analyze the data, we are in danger of losing the evidence, the proof. So, yes please do more research, but we need to translate that data into evidence - and then into action.