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Household, frontline worker and facility follow-up surveys begin in Ethiopia and Nigeria

Household, frontline worker and facility follow-up surveys begin in Ethiopia and Nigeria

24 March 2015
IDEAS’ follow-up maternal and newborn health data collection through linked household, frontline worker and health facility surveys is to start imminently in Ethiopia and Nigeria.

Data collectors training © JaRco Consulting Ltd The endline data, to be collected in April and May 2015, will be compared with baseline data collected in 2012, and any changes in healthcare tracked.

In each country, frontline health workers visit families at home to give advice on maternal and newborn health practices, such as recognising and acting on danger signs in pregnancy, and providing basic healthcare, such as showing a new mother how to breastfeed her newborn baby. Their visits aim to encourage an increase in the coverage of critical, life-saving interventions, such as more babies being exclusively breastfed from birth.

Data on interactions between families and frontline health workers (their frequency, equity and quality) and the coverage of life-saving, critical interventions will be collected through interviews with health facility officials, frontline health workers and families.

The surveys aim to find out if enhanced interactions between families and frontline workers are associated with increases in the coverage of life-saving interventions in areas where the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have funded maternal and newborn health innovations.

I am very interested to see what has changed since 2012, particularly whether the families who accessed health care received more life saving interventions as a result, irrespective of their socio-economic status Dr Tanya Marchant, IDEAS Epidemiologist and survey lead

Analysis will begin once data collection concludes in June 2015. Preliminary findings will be available in the last quarter of 2015.