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Taking stock – Seven years of IDEAS

A team of about 20 researchers and professional support staff, employed by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, set off to find out...

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Linking data sources for measurement of effective coverage in maternal and newborn health: what do we learn from individual- vs ecological-linking methods?

Methods We used data from Mayuge District, Uganda. Data from household surveys on access to SBA were linked to health facility assessment census...

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“It’s About the Idea Hitting the Bull’s Eye”: How Aid Effectiveness Can Catalyse the Scale-up of Health Innovations

With shrinking aid budgets around the world, oftentimes pilot interventions are funded for relatively short periods of time and need to prove...

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Contextual factors in maternal and newborn health evaluation: a protocol applied in Nigeria, India and Ethiopia

We define “context” as the background environment or setting of any program, and “contextual factors”as those elements of context that...

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A qualitative study of the scalability and sustainability of the Village Health Worker scheme in Gombe State, Nigeria

This exploratory study seeks to understand the factors that will contribute to the sustainability of the Village Health Workers Scheme as...

Gombe Girls: Public Engagement Case Study

  Girls participating in the engagement activity visit a maternity ward . Photo Credit: Rhys Williams Project aims · To stimulate the interest...

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Are women getting quality care? And how can we know? Measuring the coverage of high quality care

We have traditionally depended on household survey estimates of the coverage of contacts with health facilities to understand access, for example...

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Better quality routine health data through a WhatsApp group? What comes out of the Data Quality Workshops in Gombe State

To strengthen the quality of routine maternal and newborn health data in Gombe State in 2017 the IDEAS project initiated a total of four data...

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