Jan
13

Performance-based financing in low-income and middle-income countries: isn't it time for a rethink?

This paper questions the view that performance-based financing (PBF) in the health sector is an effective, efficient and equitable approach to improving the performance of health systems in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs). PBF was conceived as an open approach adapted to specific country needs, having the potential to foster system-w...
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Dec
19

Studying deaths can save lives

 "We all thought her pregnancy was safe," says the husband of 23-year-old Yeshimbet. "She looked fine." But after Yeshimbet gave birth to their son in their home, the bleeding wouldn't stop. She died the next day on the way to the health centre, many hours away on foot.

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Dec
08

Donor-funded project's sustainability assessment: a qualitative case study of a results-based financing pilot in Koulikoro region, Mali

Results-based financing (RBF) is emerging as a new alternative to finance health systems in many African countries. In Mali, a pilot project was conducted to improve demand and supply of health services through financing performance in targeted services.  Donor-funded project's sustainability assessment: a qualitative case study of a results-b...
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Dec
01

Performance-based financing in Mali : can it be called emergence?

The Performance-based financing (PBF) approach in Mali is concisely reviewed in this poster. Pilot programmes and initiatives have been tested in multiple districts towards improving maternal and child health indicators in the country. The information is provided in brief extracts from studies that relate to health policy and implementation. Emerge...
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Sep
29

Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa teams share early findings in Dakar

Louise Guenette/IDRC

As the seven-year Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa (IMCHA) program reached its halfway mark, 80 African and Canadian experts gathered in Dakar, Senegal, from April 24-27, 2017 to discuss the program's emerging findings and to hone their research and policy engagement skills.

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Sep
29

Maternal and child health is a community affair in Senegal

In Senegal, neighbourhood women known as godmothers bring vital maternal and child healthcare information to isolated women. Research is finding ways to make their work sustainable and better valued by the national health system.    Download PDF File Here
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Sep
14

Using equitable impact sensitive tool (EQUIST) and knowledge translation to promote evidence to policy link in maternal and child health: report of first EQUIST training workshop in Nigeria

The Equitable Impact Sensitive Tool (EQUIST) designed by UNICEF and knowledge translation (KT) are important strategies that can help policymakers to improve equity and evidence-informed policy making in maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH).  Using equitable impact sensitive tool (EQUIST) and knowledge translation to promote evidence to p...
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May
06

Maternal and Newborn Mortality: Community Opinions on Why Pregnant Women and Newborns Are Dying In Natikiri, Mozambique.

This study carried out by Lúrio University (UniLúrio) Health Sciences Faculty (HSF) in partnership with Nampula Provincial Health Directorate (NPHD), Marrere Hospital (MH) and the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada constitutes part of the baseline evaluation for an implementation research on maternal and newborn health

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Jan
13

Fourth Global Health Systems Research Symposium features innovative research on improving maternal and child health in Africa

It is women and children across developing countries who suffer most from the shocks and stresses to health systems. In South Sudan — a country ravaged by conflicts — limited infrastructure, lack of health information, and severe shortages of health personnel contribute to high levels of maternal and child mortality. Outbreaks of infectious disease and epidemics have similar consequences — the impact of Ebola on maternal and child health in West Africa is one example.

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Jan
05

Delayed provision of services in hospitals is a barrier to quality maternity care

By Professor Ellen Chirwa

In 2017 a team from Kamuzu College of Nursing, University of Alberta, and AMREF Health Africa implemented research to assess the quality of maternity care services that mothers received at Nkhotakota District Hospital, Ntchisi District Hospital, and Matawale Health Centre in Malawi. We collected information by observing and interviewing health care personnel.


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Oct
17

Abuja workshop calls for evidence-based policies to improve maternal and child health in Nigeria

Innovative interventions to improve maternal and child health in Nigeria were the focus of a workshop in Abuja on September 21, 2016. Nigeria has the second highest absolute number of maternal deaths and perinatal deaths in the world, contributing to approximately 15% of all maternal deaths worldwide. 

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Sep
16

Major funding announcement is made as Minister Bibeau and Parliamentary Secretary Gould visit IDRC projects in sub-Saharan Africa

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canada's Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced major funding for an IDRC grantee during her August visit to West Africa. In Senegal, Minister Bibeau met with officials from the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences – Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI), a pan-African network of training centres enabling African students to become innovators driving scientific, educational, and economic self-sufficiency on the continent. 

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Dec
18

Safe delivery

Having successfully delivered her baby at a public health facility in Mityana, a city just west of Uganda's capital, Kampala, in 2009, Sylvia Nalubowa was surprised to learn that her labour wasn't over — she was having twins. But there was a problem. Try as Nalubowa might, her second child was stubbornly resisting entry into the world

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Nov
06

User fee exemption policies in Mali: sustainability jeopardized by the malfunctioning of the health system

In Mali, where rates of attendance at healthcare facilities remain far below what is needed, three user fee exemption policies were instituted to promote access to care. These related to HIV/AIDS treatment, as of 2004, caesarean sections, since 2005, and treatment of malaria in children under five and pregnant women, since 2007.   User fee exe...
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