Research impact and uptake are in vogue – UK universities are reflecting on how their impact case studies went down in the 2014 REF, an inaugural Research Uptake Symposium was held in Nairobi earlier this year, and many excellent toolkits are available, such as ROMA, that help guide researchers, advocacy and communications professionals to measure the impact of their work, not least to satisfy their funders’ requirem
Understanding the mechanisms that drive recent mothers and their family members to change their maternal and newborn care behaviours, and what role frontline workers play in these mechanisms, is the aim of a study starting data collection in rural Ethiopia this month. The qualitative study is part of the IDEAS project of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine & University College London.
Findings will be useful for projects wishing to successfully improve the health of mothers and babies in Ethiopia.
“Scale up is a craft not a science”Quote from the IDEAS qualitative study of scale-up in Ethiopia, Nigeria and India
Working in the maternal and newborn health field, don’t we all want our work to benefit the health of as many women and babies as possible?
You may have an amazing innovation proven to improve the health of mothers and babies in your pilot implementation project. How do you get a national government to take notice and scale-up your innovation to benefit more women and babies?
It was a cold night in December when the twins came into the world. Born too early to a young mother by C-section they were tiny, cold and barely alive. I was on call attending to what was perhaps my 18th delivery of the day. Exhausted and inexperienced, I received them with anxiety: there were already too many sick babies in the hospital without enough staff to look after them. There was a power cut so even if there were any incubators available – there weren’t - they wouldn’t work. As the family scrambled to get blood for the anaemic mum, no one paid attention to the babies.