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Tracking Progress

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 there are still too few contacts between families and health workers, and the quality of care being delivered is often sub-optimal.

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

IDEAS has worked with international partners to define a matrix of priority indicators for tracking, and worked in Gombe State in Nigeria to generate the data needed to make data-informed decisions there.

Published content

Report
Changes 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.

Report
Changes 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

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

Do innovations enhance interactions between families and front-line workers and increase life-saving intervention coverage? This is one of the...

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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

What a compelling fact! We need facts like this. They help us to understand the health needs of a community and how we should be addressing them....

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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

We have google analytics, altmetric.com, Sprout Social, Mail Chimp, Bit.ly, My top tweet, and any number of other funkily-named applications...

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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...