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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.

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New hope for newborns

This number of newborn deaths is due to three main causes: preterm birth complications (1.0 million), childbirth-related conditions (0.7...

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Why harmonise indicators?

Why harmonise indicators? The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports the use of data collected by implementation projects to compare the...

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Using data to improve healthcare in Ethiopia

Though originally from Ethiopia, I have spent most of my adult life abroad. Acronyms and terms such as HEWs, CHPs, Health Post and Health Centre...

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

Since independence, India’s public health services have been guided by population norms: a sub centre for every 5000 population, a Primary...