Informed decisions for actions in maternal and newborn health



Ethiopia has reduced under-five mortality by 2/3 - a Millennium Development Goal achieved a few years ahead of the 2015 deadline. However, neonatal and maternal mortality remain high. Dr Della Berhanu, IDEAS Country Coordinator Ethiopia

IDEAS is working in four of Ethiopia’s nine regions: Amhara, Oromia, Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples and Tigray. We work with our measurement, learning and evaluation partner, JaRco Consulting Ltd., to answer four research learning questions. We are using multidisciplinary research methods which will provide a rich data source for funders, governments and non-governmental organizations working in maternal and newborn health in Ethiopia. IDEAS is also evaluating the community-based newborn care package, led by the Ethiopian government.

Our findings will contribute to the gap in implementation research on what works, as well as why and how, to get life-saving interventions to families at scale using frontline health workers, such as Health Development Army volunteers and Health Extension Workers.

Research in Ethiopia

The research learning questions are based on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's theory of change to improve maternal and newborn survival. Hover on a star to find out about the research we are doing to answer each question.

Read more about our learning questions

Contextual data

We are collecting data on contextual factors which may affect health outcomes other than the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded innovations. These results will help in the interpretation of our study findings.

Capacity strengthening

The IDEAS Technical Resource Centre has supported Ethiopian implementation projects by:

  • Helping to place project findings in the public domain
  • Reviewing drafts of papers on cost-effectiveness, on equity and on the contribution of the project activities to the national Health Extension Worker programme
  • Collaborating on a time-and-motion study of Health Extension Workers and a frontline worker performance study
  • Collaborating on improving data capture systems for monitoring data, as well as for surveys

Implementation projects

IDEAS works closely with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded projects implementing innovations to improve maternal and newborn health: