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Tracking Progress

Despite substantial investments in maternal and newborn health in Ethiopia, Nigeria and India, the coverage of high impact, evidence-based life saving interventions continues to be unacceptably low. 

 

Frequent high-quality contacts between families and frontline workers are critical in ensuring that every woman and every child receive the interventions they need. Yet in 2015 there were too few contacts between families and health workers, and those that did happen included many missed opportunities for health workers to deliver life-saving interventions.

Regular tracking of the progress of effective coverage provides an opportunity for reflection and course-correction in maternal and newborn health programmes.

IDEAS worked in Gombe State in Nigeria to generate primary data through six-monthly health facility surveys and annual household surveys and results from this work are published on a rolling basis.

Published content

Journal article
What influences women’s choice of place of delivery?

The study published in BMJ Global Health and authored by Nasir Umar and others is based on a discrete choice experiment following a comprehensive...

Journal article
Major gaps in child survival by ethnic group

At the global level, major inequalities are clear and persistent, write Schellenberg and Berhanu, inequalities by wealth, geographical location,...

Journal article
More efforts needed to reach poor and rural women with maternal health services in Ethiopia

Alem Desta Wuneh, a PhD student with the Dagu project, published this paper in the International Journal for Equity in Health. This study used...

Journal article
Geographic differences in maternal and child health care utilisation in four Ethiopian regions

Atkure Defar, Dagu project lead at the Ethiopian Public Health Institute and a PhD student supported through the  project and his co-authors,...