Ethiopia

IDEAS works in four of Ethiopia’s nine regions - Amhara, Oromia, Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples and Tigray - to provide a rich source of data for funders, governments and non-governmental organisations working in maternal and newborn health in Ethiopia.

Working with our measurement, learning and evaluation partners and using multidisciplinary research methods, our findings on what works, why and how aims to close the gap in implementation research on how to get life-saving interventions to families at scale.

In Ethiopia, the IDEAS project works across six research areas:

Tracking progress

Together with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, IDEAS produces a six-monthly maternal and newborn health dashboard, which highlights the coverage of a core set of 15 evidence-based interventions along the continuum of care, and tracks progress against Ethiopia’s target rates of coverage by 2020.

Supporting local decision-making

To enhance the capacity of health systems, quality data needs to be generated and used at the local level for timely course correction, improved health outcomes and the long-term sustainability of health initiatives. Following an Ethiopian feasibility study in 2012 and the experiences of a prototype phase in the state of West Bengal State in India, we are adopting an action-research approach to adapt, implement and evaluate the Data-Informed Platform for Health for the Ethiopian context.

Improving coverage measurement

We aim to improve measurement of priority indicators for maternal and newborn health by testing the coverage estimates derived from multiple sources.

Understanding quality improvement

Building on our previous work to understand behaviour change at household level in Ethiopia, IDEAS is using novel qualitative and quantitative approaches to understand health worker behaviours that drive quality improvement in the provision and utilisation of maternal and newborn health services.

Fostering innovation sustainability

IDEAS carries out qualitative studies to assess what happens in the long term to donor-funded maternal and newborn health innovations that are scaled-up. This work responds to the foundation’s commitment to seeing health investments scaled-up and sustained and will generate important new knowledge on how donors can foster the sustainability of health programmes in low-income settings.  Building on established strong partnerships the project is embedded in local institutions and actively seeks opportunities to build capacity for government institutions and their staff in sustainability.

Community-Based Newborn Care

Community-Based Newborn Care (CBNC) is an Ethiopian national initiative launched in 2013. It brings life-saving care to mothers and newborns at the community level within the Ethiopian health system. IDEAS is collaborating with the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health and JaRco Consulting to evaluate the CBNC programme through a series of quantitative surveys and qualitative assessments over five years.

Published content

Past event
Quality of Community Based Newborn Care in Ethiopia

Community-Based Newborn Care (CBNC) is an Ethiopian national initiative launched in March 2013 as a means of bringing life-saving care to mothers...

Report
Community Based Newborn Care in Ethiopia: Quality of CBNC programme assessment Midline Evaluation Report March 2017

The results of a quality of care assessment of the Ethiopian Community Based Newborn Care (CBNC) programme, conducted in late 2015.

Journal article
‘The stars seem aligned’

A qualitative study of context on scale-up of maternal and newborn health innovations in #Ethiopia #India & #Nigeria https://t.co/OEy3JIZYXL —...

Journal article
District decision-making for health in low-income settings: a feasibility study of a data-informed platform for health in India, Nigeria and Ethiopia

A study of the feasibility of using a data informed platform for health in a district health systems context in five districts of India, Nigeria and Ethiopia.

Journal article
District decision-making for health in low-income settings: a case study of the potential of public and private sector data in India and Ethiopia

A study documenting the nature and type of data collected by the public and private health systems, data flow and sharing, use and inter-sectoral linkages in India and Ethiopia.

Report
Changes in maternal and newborn health care in Ethiopia

The aim of this study was to estimate changes in maternal and newborn health care in areas of Ethiopia where implementation projects funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation were operating.

Research brief
Catalysing scale-up of maternal and newborn health innovations in Ethiopia

Scaling-up community-based neonatal sepsis management across a large geographical area produced challenges, yet there have also been positive and enabling factors in Ethiopia