Energy and enthusiasm abounded at the Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference in Mexico City in October 2015, where knowledge and evidence were shared, discussions were inspired, new innovations were demonstrated and networks extended. Less than a month after the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were agreed by countries at the United Nations, this conference brought together both maternal and newborn health experts enthused by the need for integration and cross-sector cooperation – ways of working that are essential to meeting SDG targets.
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
“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?
IDEAS is working to find out how much effort needs to be put into a health programme in order to achieve a specified coverage of health indicators. Ultimately this could enable health policy makers to target their funds more productively toward scale–up of these programmes and their innovations.