Nigeria newborn and child-health national clinical practice guidelines: A landscape analysis

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Worldwide, there has been progress towards the attainment of child-health targets of Sustainable Development Goal 3.2 – end preventable deaths of newborns and children under five years of age by 2030 – by aiming to reduce the neonatal mortality rates to at least 12 per 1000 live births and under-five mortality rates to at least 25 per 1000 live births. This progress has been suboptimal in sub-Saharan Africa with the risk of not achieving these targets. Evidence-informed clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) are demonstrably cost effective and improve clinical and population health outcomes. To optimise healthcare delivery especially in poorly resourced countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) has either led or supported the development of CPGs for leading causes of deaths in newborns and children especially infectious and other poverty related diseases. Although evidence-informed healthcare practice has been growing in subSaharan Africa (SSA) and methodological guidance for CPG development by the WHO exists, CPGs in sub-Saharan Africa do not always meet standards for reporting and often perform poorly in terms of their rigour of development and editorial independence Read more and download report here