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 work in tracking progress includes two components. Firstly, together with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, IDEAS supports its partners in Ethiopia and the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in India to produce a maternal and newborn health ‘dashboard’ every six months.
Secondly, IDEAS works in Gombe State in Nigeria to generate primary data for the dashboard through six-monthly health facility surveys and annual household surveys.
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Use of data for maternal and newborn health in Gombe State, Nigeria (Data from February 2016)
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ReportChanges in maternal and newborn health care in Ethiopia
The aim of this study was to estimate changes in maternal and newborn health care in areas of Ethiopia where implementation projects funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation were operating.
ReportChanges in maternal and newborn health care in Gombe State, Nigeria
Interactions between families and frontline workers – their frequency, quality, and equity – and coverage of interventions for mothers and newborns in Gombe State, Nigeria.
ReportChanges in maternal and newborn health care in Uttar Pradesh, India
Interactions between families and frontline workers – their frequency, quality, and equity – and coverage of interventions for mothers and newborns in Uttar Pradesh, India
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