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 works in Gombe State in Nigeria to generate primary data through six-monthly health facility surveys and annual household surveys.

Published content

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How can we get life-saving interventions to women and babies? #HSR2016

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How can data improve implementation?

Learning from routine data Using routine monitoring and evaluation data to understand why innovations are not being used can help local maternal...

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One house, two doors: Making sure survey numbers represent the people

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Measuring content of contacts reveals missed opportunities to deliver quality maternal and newborn health care

Findings have been published in Plos One and the data supporting this analysis are now freely available online. Quality of health care is a big...

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Integrating maternal and newborn care at the 68th World Health Assembly

Countries are taking forward the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health by strengthening maternal and newborn health...

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Using the Research Impact Framework as a tool for reflection

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Reproductive Health Rights: Collateral damage in the face of Ebola?

The right to health does not mean the right to be healthy…but it does require… policies and action plans which will lead to available and...

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New hope for newborns

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