Informed decisions for actions in maternal and newborn health

North-Eastern Nigeria

North-Eastern Nigeria

Over the past 10 years the number of newborn deaths in Nigeria have reduced, however maternal deaths have increased. More action and use of evidence in public health decisions are needed to ensure the survival of Nigerian mothers and their newborns.Dr Nasir Umar, IDEAS Country Coordinator Nigeria

IDEAS is working in Gombe State with our measurement, learning and evaluation partners, Data Research and Mapping Consult Ltd and ChildCare and Wellness Clinics, 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 Nigeria.

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 Traditional Birth Attendants and Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations in Nigeria (FOMWAN) volunteers.

Research in Northeast Nigeria

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 research 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 Nigerian implementation projects in Gombe State by:

  • providing advice on project evaluation by mapping project innovations onto a theory of change and helping develop an evaluation plan. This includes a data analysis plan, sampling protocol and survey tools.
  • advising on the implementation of a continuous survey in Gombe State and on analysis and interpretation of data.
  • running a Geographic Information System training course to help map project activities
  • providing project personnel with on-line study materials in statistics and epidemiology

Implementation projects

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


Note on quote: to reduce the newborn deaths from 40 (2004-2008) to 37 (2009-2013) deaths per 1000 live births, for the same period, the maternal deaths increased from 545 to 576 deaths per 100,000 live births.