Partners

IDEAS works closely with two kinds of partner in Nigeria, Ethiopia and India: Measurement, learning and evaluation partners and Implementation projects.
Qualitative research methods training, Ethiopia. Credit: Nolawi Tedesse

Measurement, learning and evaluation partners

Measurement, learning and evaluation partners are contracted to support IDEAS’ work in Ethiopia, India and Nigeria.

Ethiopia

Ethiopian Public Health Institute

The Ethiopian Public Health Institute is a research institute that aims to protect and promote the health of the Ethiopian people. It does this by addressing priority public health and nutrition problems through problem-solving research, public health emergency management, establishing and maintaining quality laboratory system.

Dagu project

The Dagu project is working on developing Ethiopian excellence for public health evaluation through the measurement, learning and evaluation of improved integrated community case management and community-based newborn care in Ethiopia. Dagu collaborates closely with IDEAS to foster mutual capacity development for large-scale public health evaluation, working with four leading universities in Ethiopia.

India

The Public Health Foundation of India

The mission of the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) is to strengthen India’s public health institutions and systems. By providing capability and knowledge, it aims to achieve better health outcomes for all.

PHFI is a public-private initiative that has evolved through collaborative efforts between academia, state and national governments, multilateral and bilateral agencies and civil society.

Nigeria

Data Research and Mapping Consult Ltd

Data Research and Mapping Consult Ltd (DRMC) is a research organisation established to provide professional consultancy services in the areas of monitoring and evaluation, training, operations research, GIS mapping, data collection, process analysis, report writing and dissemination. DRMC has a pool of research assistants with diverse backgrounds in statistics, demography, sampling, geography, cartography, sociology, medicine, laboratory science and public health.

DRMC Directors and Principal Partners have managed major national surveys in Nigeria – such as the Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey, the National HIV/AIDS & Reproductive Health Survey and the Nigeria Malaria Indicator Survey. DRMC work extensively in Northern Nigeria and have the skills and resources to work effectively in the environment – not least because of their effective advocacy and relationship building with community and religious leaders.

ChildCare and Wellness Clinics

ChildCare and Wellness Clinics (CWC) is a healthcare service delivery organisation with a track record of project implementation, community outreach, and quantitative and qualitative research. CWC works in collaboration with a team of researchers with practical field based expertise and tested skills in qualitative and quantitative research implementation cycle, including data quality review, assessment and assurance, research ethics, participatory community interactive research and outreach.

IDEAS team talk to Village Health Workers during a site visit with the Gombe State Primary Health Care Development Agency and Society for Family Health
IDEAS team talk to Village Health Workers during a site visit with the Gombe State Primary Health Care Development Agency and Society for Family Health

Implementation projects

Implementation projects are funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to implementing innovations that improve maternal and newborn health within the existing health system in Ethiopia and Nigeria.

Ethiopia

Institute for Healthcare Improvement

The mission of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is to improve health and health care worldwide. With grant funding awarded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2015, IHI and its partners are supporting the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health’s efforts to reduce maternal and newborn mortality in Ethiopia.

Last 10 Kilometres

The Last 10 Kilometres (L10K) project works to strengthen the bridge between households and the primary health care unit – Ethiopia’s basic health service delivery structure. The aim is to improve high impact maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH) care practices among rural households.

L10K is a project implemented by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., with grants primarily from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, but also with additional funding from UNICEF and USAID. L10K works closely with the Ethiopian Government and other development partners to provide technical and financial support to 12 civil society organisations.

Nigeria

Pact Nigeria

Pact works to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in northeast Nigeria by building the capacity of local organisations and agencies to address the problems. Pact works to make sure that mother and child receive timely, effective health services.

Pact believes in creating local solutions for lasting impact. Between 2005 and 2015, Pact provided health education to nearly 350,000 Nigerians, built the capacity of more than 120 local organisations and trained more than 31,000 people. These included health workers, local government staff and staff of community and civil society organisations.

Society for Family Health Nigeria

The Society for Family Health (SFH) is one of Nigeria’s largest non-governmental organisations. Its mission is to empower Nigerians – particularly the poor and vulnerable – to lead healthier lives.

Working with the private and public sectors, SFH adopts social marketing and behaviour change communication to improve access to essential health information, services and products to motivate the adoption of healthy behaviours.

In addition, SFH trains and deploys Village Health Workers and enhances supplies and commodities in primary care facilities.

Champions for Change

Champions for Change advocates for improved quality of access to family planning commodities and other services in Gombe State. It collaborates with the state government to promote the adoption and implementation of the national family planning blueprint and of the national task shifting policy,which will promote the status of Community Health Extension Workers so they are recognized as skilled birth attendants.

Evidence for Action

Evidence for Action (E4A) collaborates with other maternal and newborn health stakeholders to encourage state-wide buy-in for maternal and newborn health improvement.

It invigorates the state and secondary level Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response Committee and supports monitoring and data collection across all secondary level facilities to ensure all trained facilities are following federal guidelines.

Advocacy activities include training ‘super activists’ to coordinate maternal and newborn health advocacy in the state, support of champions to encourage engagement in public events promoting maternal and newborn health survival, training of journalists in investigative and evidence-based journalism to raise the profile of maternal and newborn health in the media. Such journalism acts as an accountability tool to highlight issues around quality of care in resource allocation and this work is enhanced by engaging with the State-Level Accountability Mechanisms to review state level Health Management Information System and Budget data and package the data into score card format