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 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.

Published content

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

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

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Using the Research Impact Framework as a tool for reflection

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Why harmonise indicators?

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Using data to improve healthcare in Ethiopia

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A paradigm shift: from healthcare for the elite to healthcare for all

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