Ethiopia

IDEAS works in four of Ethiopia’s nine regions - Amhara, Oromia, Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples and Tigray - to provide a rich source of data for funders, governments and non-governmental organisations working in maternal and newborn health in Ethiopia.

Working with our measurement, learning and evaluation partners and using multidisciplinary research methods, our findings on what works, why and how aims to close the gap in implementation research on how to get life-saving interventions to families at scale.

In Ethiopia, the IDEAS project works across six research areas:

Tracking progress

Together with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, IDEAS produces a six-monthly maternal and newborn health dashboard, which highlights the coverage of a core set of 15 evidence-based interventions along the continuum of care, and tracks progress against Ethiopia’s target rates of coverage by 2020.

Supporting local decision-making

To enhance the capacity of health systems, quality data needs to be generated and used at the local level for timely course correction, improved health outcomes and the long-term sustainability of health initiatives. Following an Ethiopian feasibility study in 2012 and the experiences of a prototype phase in the state of West Bengal State in India, we are adopting an action-research approach to adapt, implement and evaluate the Data-Informed Platform for Health for the Ethiopian context.

Improving coverage measurement

We aim to improve measurement of priority indicators for maternal and newborn health by testing the coverage estimates derived from multiple sources.

Understanding quality improvement

Building on our previous work to understand behaviour change at household level in Ethiopia, IDEAS is using novel qualitative and quantitative approaches to understand health worker behaviours that drive quality improvement in the provision and utilisation of maternal and newborn health services.

Fostering innovation sustainability

IDEAS carries out qualitative studies to assess what happens in the long term to donor-funded maternal and newborn health innovations that are scaled-up. This work responds to the foundation’s commitment to seeing health investments scaled-up and sustained and will generate important new knowledge on how donors can foster the sustainability of health programmes in low-income settings.  Building on established strong partnerships the project is embedded in local institutions and actively seeks opportunities to build capacity for government institutions and their staff in sustainability.

Community-Based Newborn Care

Community-Based Newborn Care (CBNC) is an Ethiopian national initiative launched in 2013. It brings life-saving care to mothers and newborns at the community level within the Ethiopian health system. IDEAS is collaborating with the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health and JaRco Consulting to evaluate the CBNC programme through a series of quantitative surveys and qualitative assessments over five years.

Published content

Journal article
Quality over quantity?

Do we need to pay more attention to the quality of health care visits over how many visits are taking place in low resource settings? Is it an...

Journal article
Six steps to prevent a development project ending in the graveyard

In reality however, in more cases than not, once donor funding dries up, the project comes to an end, thereby limiting the project’s longer term...

Past event
How to skin a crocodile? Epidemiology, trials, and implementation science for child health and survival Inaugural Lecture

Lars Åke Persson has been professor of Public Health Evaluation at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine since 2016 and is based at...

News
Introducing the DIPH in Ethiopia

The Data Informed Platform for Health (DIPH) is a decision-making support system which facilitates review and use of data in local level...

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Statistics made simpler: Learning to use health statistics software without writing code

On a daily basis researchers, students and data analysts are faced with daunting tasks of analysing, visualising and interpreting vast amounts of...

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Vacancy at IDEAS

The selected candidate will work in close collaboration with the IDEAS Ethiopia country team and multidisciplinary stakeholders to coordinate and...