Informed decisions for actions in maternal and newborn health

Knowledge Summaries for action

Knowledge Summaries for action

Human rights & accountability Knowledge SummaryIDEAS produced the 2013-2014 cycle and 2012-2013 cycle of Knowledge Summaries for the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), based at WHO.

Working under the umbrella of the School’s Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive and Child Health (MARCH) Centre, IDEAS produced seven Knowledge Summaries on relevant topics, developed a typology of different evidence synthesis methods to inform how future PMNCH evidence synthesis outputs are developed, as well as undertaking two studies on the Knowledge Summaries' use, reach and production processes.

What is a Knowledge Summary?

Progress in women's and children's health depends on how efficiently knowledge on effective strategies and interventions can be translated into action. Working with partners, PMNCH regularly produces knowledge summaries that synthesise recent scientific evidence into a clear and concise, user-friendly format to support advocacy, policy and practice on issues related to reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Each peer-reviewed summary brings together information from trusted sources, such as journal articles, systematic reviews, technical guidelines and policy documents, to draw out practical lessons for policymakers and practitioners.

Read the Knowledge Summaries

Read the study reports on the PMNCH Knowledge Summaries: their production process, reach and use

Look up our web seminar series which features discussions on some of the PMNCH Summaries

Contact for 2013-2014 cycle

Project lead
Dr Bilal Avan
Coordinator and typology lead
Deepthi Wickremasinghe
Communications and monitoring lead
Agnes Becker
Scientific writers
Katherine Theiss-Nyland and Iram Hashmi
Project Manager
Shirine Voller
Advisory group
Professor Wendy Graham, Professor Joy Lawn, Dr Joanna Schellenberg

About the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

The Partnership (PMNCH) joins the reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) communities into an alliance of more than 500 members. Working together the Partnership’s goal is a world in which all women, newborns, children and adolescents not only are healthy, but thrive.

The Partnership enables partners to share strategies, align objectives and resources, and agree on interventions to achieve more together than they would be able to achieve individually.