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Dagu Baseline report released

published 11 December 2017

The Dagu project, which is based in Ethiopia, and works closely with IDEAS to foster mutual capacity development for large-scale public health evaluation has released a baseline survey generating data on newborn and child health service utilisation in four Ethiopian regions from household and health service provider perspectives.

The Dagu project evaluates the Optimising the Health Extension Program in Ethiopia (OHEP) project that is addressing the critical under-utilisation of community-based services, particularly the use iCCM services and CBNC services. OHEP is led by the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health and implemented by UNICEF, PATH, Save the Children, and the Last 10 Kilometers Project, and Dagu is providing support for measurement, learning and evaluation.

IDEAS and Dagu work with four leading universities in Ethiopia, under the coordination of the Ethiopian Public Health Institute and supported by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The aim is for these universities to generate results that will empower demand creation innovations for integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) and Community Based Newborn Care (CBNC), which in turn can be used by the Regional Health Bureaus for Amhara, Southern Nations & Nationalities Peoples (SNNP), Oromia and Tigray to allow for evidence-based decision-making and course correction in the field of newborn and child health.