The Maternal and Newborn Health in Ethiopia Partnership (MaNHEP) implemented an initiative to demonstrate a community-oriented model for improving maternal and newborn health care in rural Ethiopia. The Ethiopian government’s Health Extension Program is focussed on improving maternal and newborn survival, particularly in rural areas. MaNHEP worked in Oromia and Amhara Regions to further strengthen this programme, particularly in the delivery of maternal and newborn health services during the birth-to-48-hour period, when mothers and newborns are most vulnerable.
Under the leadership of the Ministry of Health, MaNHEP was based at Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. The 3 year project ran between 2010 and 2012, and is funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
MaNHEP implemented the following innovations in Ethiopia:
- Building capacity and performance of frontline health workers to deliver a basic set of interventions in the home that can reduce newborn mortality rates by more than 1/3.
- Training community and family members who attend home births in clean and safe delivery practices, as well as how to identify complications that require skilled care.