Dec
02

Influence of women's empowerment indices on the utilization of skilled maternity care: evidence from rural Nigeria

There is increasing evidence that women with the ability to exercise control over their sexual and reproductive lives have greater access to prompt prevention and treatment of maternal health disorders, resulting in a concomitant reduction in maternal morbidity and mortality. This study assessed the association between indices of women's empowerment and utilization of skilled antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal maternity care in two rural Local Government Areas in Edo State, Nigeria.

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Dec
01

Implementing performance-based financing in peripheral health centres in Mali: what can we learn from it?

Numerous sub-Saharan African countries have experimented with performance-based financing (PBF) with the goal of improving health system performance. To date, few articles have examined the implementation of this type of complex intervention in Francophone West Africa  ​ Implementing performance-based financing in peripheral health centres in ...
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Dec
01

IMCHA Research Digest December 2020 - February 2021

Engagement of men in defining relevant solutions is key to changing harmful social norms and to reaching successful maternal and child health outcomes. The IMCHA research team "Improving Access to Health Services and Quality of Care for Mothers and Children in Tanzania" studied how men can be involved in maternal and child health. 

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Nov
18

Changing gender norms to improve maternal and child health

Maternal death rates in sub-Saharan Africa have dropped almost 40% since 2000, yet the region still has the highest number of maternal deaths, at 533 deaths per 100,000 live births. This figure translated to 200,000 deaths in 2017, UNICEF reports. Poverty, low education levels, violence against women, early marriage, and adolescent pregnancy continue to mark the lives of many women, contributing to their poor health and high mortality. 

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Sep
25

Innovating For Maternal And Child Health In Africa (IMCHA) Summative Evaluation

The research teams, the HPROs and IMCHA management generated a large number of materials that document the IMCHA initiative, some of excellent quality. A considerable number of documents were still in preparation at the time of the evaluation. The IMCHA website, managed by the East Africa HPRO has strong branding, however it is not regularly update...
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Aug
21

Saving Malawi’s most vulnerable newborns with implementation research

Malawi's progress in reducing deaths in children under five years (between 1992 and 2016) is spectacular: a drop of 73% (from 234 deaths per 1,000 live births to 63 deaths). Over the same period, however, deaths during the first month of life held firm at 27 per 1,000 live births ― one of the highest rates in the world. Malawi also has the world's highest rate of premature births (babies born before the 37th week of pregnancy). More than half of these babies will develop respiratory distress syndrome, which increases the risk of serious infections such as neonatal pneumonia and sepsis.

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Aug
21

Strengthening maternal and child health in conflict-affected South Sudan

IDRC-supported research has been underway in South Sudan and northern Uganda since 2015 to improve maternal and child health. In these post-conflict settings, researchers are strengthening local health systems, reducing barriers to access, empowering women, and mobilizing communities to take action on their health needs.  

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Aug
01

Gender Intentional Strategies to Enhance Health Social Enterprises in Africa

The purpose of this toolkit is to guide health social enterprises working with community health workers (CHWs) in Africa to design gender intentional strategies. The intended users of this toolkit are health social enterprise leaders. It is also highly relevant for non- profit organizations, governments, investors, donors, and other stakeholders engaged in the broader field at the intersection of gender equality, social entrepreneurship, and maternal and child health (MCH) in Africa. 
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Jun
01

IMCHA Research Digest June - November 2020

IMCHA research team "Quality improvement for maternal and newborn health at district-level scale in Mtwara Region Tanzania" studied how to improve the quality improvement methodology whereby stakeholders identify problems in their own contexts and create strategies to improve them.

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Mar
17

Implementation research methods: an extension tool in health education and information

Mozambique has high maternal (451.6 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in 2017) and new-born mortality rates.1 The Alert Community for a Prepared Hospital care continuum, is a project promoted by the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) of UniLúrio (Lúrio University) in Nampula, Northern Mozambique and the University of Saskatchewan (Canada), in partnership with Nampula Provincial Health Directorate, the Marrere Health Centre (MHC) and the Marrere General Hospital (MGH), the Natikiri Administrative Post (NAP) and other non-governmental organizations with health sector activities in Nampula.

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Mar
01

IMCHA publications March - May 2020

Longer spacing between births improves children's health. It can be promoted by encouraging breastfeeding, engaging men and addressing gender norms that give preference to male children. In Sub-Saharan Africa it is common for children to be born more closely together than recommended. This is well documented to have negative health outcomes for children

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Jan
09

Improving the gender dynamics of social enterprises to support volunteer health workers

"She's like a sister to me," Sulaina Nassaka says about Ruth Nakuya, a community health promoter in Lwengo District, Uganda. Nakuya, who works with the non-governmental organization BRAC International, recently visited the young mother and treated her son for malaria. "I saw women dying because the hospitals are far away and I knew that my village really needed my help," Nakuya says. 

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Dec
12

Making the case for action on gender parity in science

 An equal world for both men and women benefits all. This statement is also true when applied to women's participation in the world of science.   Download PDF File Here
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Nov
13

Gender inequity as a barrier to women's access to skilled pregnancy care in rural Nigeria: a qualitative study

Maternal mortality has been an issue of global importance, with continued efforts by the international development community towards its reduction. The provision of high quality maternal healthcare has been identified as a key strategy in preventing maternal mortality.  

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Nov
11

A qualitative study of community elders' perceptions about the underutilization of formal maternal care and maternal death in rural Nigeria

Underutilization of formal maternal care services and accredited health attendants is a major contributor to the high maternal mortality rates in rural communities in Nigeria. Perceptions of a poor quality of care and inaccessible services in health facilities strongly influence the low use of formal maternal care services.   ​ A qualitative s...
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Oct
08

Stakeholder Perceptions and Context of the Implementation of Performance-Based Financing in District Hospitals in Mali

To improve the performance of the healthcare system, Mali's government implemented a pilot project of performance-based financing (PBF) in the field of reproductive health. It was established in the Koulikoro region. This research analyses the process of implementing PBF at district hospital (DH) level, something which has rarely been done in Afric...
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Sep
18

From Amsterdam to Bamako: a qualitative case study on diffusion entrepreneurs’ contribution to performance-based financing propagation in Mali

For the past 15 years, several donors have promoted performance-based financing (PBF) in Africa for improving health services provision. European and African experts known as 'diffusion entrepreneurs' (DEs) assist with PBF pilot testing.   ​ From Amsterdam to Bamako: a qualitative case study on diffusion entrepreneurs' contribution to performa...
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Aug
22

Getting there: Overcoming barriers to safe motherhood in Ethiopia

Nicholas Castel / IDRC Information campaigns in Jimma, Ethiopia, highlight the importance of medically supervised deliveries.Many pregnant women in rural Ethiopia have a long way to go to reach a health facility where basic emergency obstetric care is available. However, research carried out by Jimma University in Ethiopia and the University of Ottawa, Canada, shows that cultural factors and service infrastructure may be as much to blame as poor road quality and long distances.

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Aug
05

Why rural women do not use primary health centres for pregnancy care: evidence from a qualitative study in Nigeria

​While Primary Health Care has been designed to provide universal access to skilled pregnancy care for the prevention of maternal deaths in Nigeria, available evidence suggests that pregnant women in rural communities often do not use Primary Health Care Centres for skilled care. The objective of this study was to investigate the reasons why women do not use PHC for skilled pregnancy care in rural Nigeria.

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Jun
21

Men's perception of barriers to women's use and access of skilled pregnancy care in rural Nigeria: a qualitative study

Greater paternal engagement is positively associated with improved access to and utilization of maternal services. Despite evidence that male involvement increased uptake of maternal and child services, studies show that few men are participating in MNCH programs.

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