32 Resources Found


A Blended Learning Approach for Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care Training in Ethiopia

Many countries are considering alternative approaches to conventional in-service clinical training because of high costs and disruption to service delivery when providers are pulled away from health facilities. Research on alternative and cost effective blended training approaches moves us closer to the objective of building competencies of health providers and minimizing the impact of necessary […]

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A facility birth can be the time to start family planning: Postpartum intrauterine device experiences from six countries

This MCSP co-authored article in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics looks at postpartum family planning and postpartum intrauterine device services integrated into maternal care in six low- and middle-income countries: Ethiopia, Guinea, India, Pakistan, Philippines and Rwanda. To read the open access article, click here. […]

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A Review of the Maternal and Newborn Health Content of National Health Management Information Systems in 13 Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia

This report summarizes the results and recommendations from a review of health management information system data collection forms and reporting formats in 13 MCHIP countries: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. […]

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Active Audit and Feedback Intervention to Increase Use of Magnesium Sulfate and Anti-Hypertensive Therapy among Women with Severe Pre-eclampsia and Eclampsia in Public Referral Hospitals in Ethiopia

Ethiopia is among countries with high maternal mortality, with severe pre-eclampsia/eclampsia being one of the leading direct causes. If women receive effective care delivered according to evidence-based standards, the majority of deaths related to pre-eclampsia/eclampsia could be avoided. The management of severe pre-eclampsia/eclampsia, including controlling severe hypertension, through the correct use of magnesium sulfate and […]

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Africa Regional Workshop on Improving Routine Data for Child Health in National Health Information Systems

This workshop report covers the highlights of the September 2017 Africa Regional Workshop on Improving Routine Data for Child Health in National Health Information Systems. The workshop aimed to advance the availability, accessibility, quality, and use of child health and nutrition data within national health information systems. More than 90 participants from 15 countries gathered […]

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Assessing Knowledge, Practice, and Coverage of Newborn Care Services in Ethiopia

This brief presents findings from the baseline of the Newborns in Ethiopia Gaining Attention (NEGA) project. This project conducted a baseline household survey of recently delivered women in the four regions to provide baseline measures for key maternal and newborn health indicators of knowledge, practice, and service coverage. Results of the survey provided valuable information to design project activities to meet […]

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Case Studies of Large-Scale Community Health Worker Programs

This overview of large-scale community health worker (CHW) programs from 13 countries — Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe — aims to inform policymakers and program implementers in designing, implementing, scaling up, and strengthening large-scale CHW programs. CHW programs, by their very nature, are a product of the local […]

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Case Studies of Large-Scale Community Health Worker Programs

This condensed version of the case studies includes examples from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. For the full version of this document, click here. […]

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Communities and Health Extension Workers Provide Care for Low-Birthweight Babies in Amhara and Oromia Regions

This study was conducted to create a better understanding on identifying and caring for low birthweight (LBW) babies in its operating areas. The objectives of the study were to: Understand the approaches used by health extension workers (HEWs), Health Development Army (HDA) leaders, and community members to identify LBW babies and the associated enabling factors […]

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Community-Based Care in Ethiopia

In 2014, the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), the Maternal and Child Survival Program-Newborns in Ethiopia Gaining Attention (MCSP-NEGA) project, and country partners developed a Demand Creation Strategy for MNCH-CBNC that focused on approaches to address the persistent low demand for community-based newborn care (CBNC). The design process included a review of global and local […]

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Community-Based Newborn Health Promotion in Pastoralist Ethiopia: The Social Mobilization and Demand Creation Project

The Ethiopian government’s commitment and resources have contributed to considerable progress in improving child health during the past 15 years. To further reduce newborn deaths (those in the first 28 days of life), Ethiopia has implemented a policy framework to support newborn health, reflecting the Every Newborn Action Plan approved by the World Health Assembly […]

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Cross-sectional observational assessment of quality of newborn care immediately after birth in health facilities across six sub-Saharan African countries

Published in BMJ Open, this article presents information on the quality of newborn care services and health facility readiness to provide newborn care in six African countries, and advocates for the improvement of providers’ essential newborn care knowledge and skills. To read the full, open access article in the journal BMJ Open, click here. […]

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Essential Care for Every Baby Africa Regional Workshop

The Essential Care for Every Baby (ECEB) Africa Regional Workshop provided an opportunity for dialogue with select countries implementing Helping Babies Breathe at scale on the potential use of the ECEB learning materials to strengthen current newborn health programs and to develop a larger regional pool of ECEB master trainers and champions. In total, 85 […]

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Facility-based active management of the third stage of labour: assessment of quality in six countries in sub-Saharan Africa

This MCSP co-authored World Health Organization bulletin assesses the quality of facility-based active management of the third stage of labor (AMTSL) in Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Rwanda and Tanzania. The authors found the quality and coverage of AMTSL were high. However, to improve active management, there needs to be more research on optimizing the timing of uterotonic administration. […]

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How Communities and Health Extension Workers Provide Care to Low-Birthweight Babies in the Amhara and Oromia Regions, Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, MCSP has supported the government of Ethiopia to roll out Community-Based Newborn Care (CBNC) — locally known as MCSP Newborns in Ethiopia Gaining Attention (NEGA). This program has been implemented in 135 selected woredas (districts) in four regions in Ethiopia: Amhara; Oromia; Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region; and Tigray. MCSP-NEGA aims to […]

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Kangaroo Mother Care briefs

These briefs were developed as part of the Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) Acceleration Partnership’s work to document the status of KMC implementation. The briefs include a summary of challenges, lessons learned, future actions, and related resources for the following six countries: Bangladesh Ethiopia India Malawi Nigeria Rwanda   […]

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Maternal and Child Survival Program Community Based Newborn Care – Newborns in Ethiopia Gaining Attention

The MCSP Newborns in Ethiopia Gaining Attention (NEGA) project supported the Government of Ethiopia to implement high-impact newborn health interventions included under the community-based newborn care package. In a total of 3,605 health posts and 730 health centers, this was done through building the capacity of health workers, health extension workers, and managers to deliver […]

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MCSP Community Health Contributions Series

MCSP advocated for institutionalizing community health as part of national health systems, strengthening the capacity of community health workers (CHWs), and supporting community infrastructure in partnership with country governments and civil society organizations. These briefs comprise an eight-part series developed by MCSP to review and understand the processes of community engagement in MCSP-supported countries and […]

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MCSP Ethiopia Community Based Newborn Care Project – Barriers and Facilitators for Early Pregnancy Identification, Birth Notification, and Antenatal and Postnatal Visits in Amhara Region

To understand the factors that affect pregnant women’s timely uptake of maternal, newborn, and child health services in Ethiopia, MCSP conducted a qualitative study that investigated the barriers that women experience as they pass through the different cycles of pregnancy, delivery, and postnatal care. The study also investigated the availability of active pregnancy surveillance mechanisms, […]

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MCSP Ethiopia Community Based Newborn Care Project – Do Caretakers of Sick Newborns with Possible Serious Bacterial Infection Referred from Health Post to Health Center Comply with the Referral in Tigray, Amhara, Oromia, and Southern Nations Nationalities, and Peoples’ Regions

The primary objective of the study was to assess the referral compliance among caretakers of sick young infants classified as having possible serious bacterial infection/very severe disease, the barriers and facilitators to compliance, and the care received at the referral facility in Tigray, Amhara, Oromia, and Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region regions of Ethiopia. […]

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MCSP Ethiopia Community Based Newborn Care Project – Endline Survey Report

The overall goal of the MCSP Community-Based Newborn Care/ Newborns in Ethiopia Gaining Attention project was to contribute to the reduction of newborn morbidity and mortality in Ethiopia through capacity-building to provide high-impact services at both the community and the primary health care unit (PHCU) level. […]

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Missed opportunities for family planning: an analysis of pregnancy risk and contraceptive method use among postpartum women in 21 low- and middle-income countries

This open access, MCSP co-authored article in the journal Contraception analyzes data from recent Demographic and Health Surveys conducted in 21 low- and middle-income countries to examine patterns of interpregnancy intervals, unmet need, pregnancy risk, and family planning method use and method mix among women 0–23 months postpartum. The countries reviewed were: Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, […]

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Mistreatment of Women in Public Health Facilities of Ethiopia

The Ministry of Health (MOH) in Ethiopia set a transformational agenda to improve the lives of women and children. To achieve this transformation Ethiopia has prioritized developing compassionate, respectful and caring health care providers. There are limited information on the status of mistreatment of women in Ethiopian health facilities. In 2016, the MCSP Strengthening BEmONC […]

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Practice of skin-to-skin contact, exclusive breastfeeding and other newborn care interventions in Ethiopia following promotion by facility and community health workers: results from a prospective outcome evaluation

Published in Acta Paediatrica, this article assesses the effects of a facility and community newborn intervention package on coverage of early skin-to-skin contact and exclusive breastfeeding — the therapeutic components of kangaroo mother care. To read the abstract and full article (subscription required), click here. […]

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Provider Perspectives of Monitoring Women’s Postpartum Contraceptive Decision-Making and Uptake in Ethiopia

Pregnancy intervals less than 24 months are associated with adverse maternal, infant, and child health outcomes. However, 47% of all nonfirst births in Ethiopia are spaced less than the World Health Organization-recommended 24-month interpregnancy interval. Prospective analysis of unmet need for family planning (FP) reveals that although 94% of women did not wish to become […]

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Respectful maternity care in Ethiopian public health facilities

Disrespect and abuse of women during institutional childbirth services is one of the deterrents to utilization of maternity care services in Ethiopia and other low- and middle-income countries. Published in Reproductive Health, this paper describes the prevalence of respectful maternity care (RMC) and mistreatment of women in hospitals and health centers, and identifies factors associated with […]

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Review of Newborn Health Content in Integrated Management of Newborn and Childhood Illnesses and Integrated Community Case Management Training Materials and Job Aids in Seven Maternal and Child Survival Program Countries

This assessment was designed to understand the newborn care content in country materials for Integrated Management of Newborn and Childhood Illness and integrated community case management. Specifically the assessment focuses on content related to essential newborn care, postnatal care, care for low-birthweight and preterm babies, breastfeeding and support to mothers for breast milk feeding, management […]

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The Polio Communication Network Contribution to the Polio Outbreak Response in Ethiopia’s Somali Region, 2013–2015

Published in Global Health Communication, this article explores the Polio Communication Network’s (PCN) contribution to the polio outbreak response in the Somali Region of Ethiopia from 2013 to 2015. The PCN strategies and innovations include the establishment of a communication network of experts, development of partnerships with locally trusted and influential groups, and capacity building of local structures. To […]

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Using a quality improvement model to enhance providers’ performance in maternal and newborn health care: a post-only intervention and comparison design

Published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, this article evaluates the effect of the Standards Based Management and Recognition approach to quality improvement, determining it’s ability to strengthen routine maternal and newborn health (MNH) services after being implemented in Ethiopia. The evaluation assessed the effect of the intervention on MNH providers’ performance of routine antenatal care, uncomplicated labor and […]

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Utilizing All Health System Contacts to Offer Postpartum Family Planning to Pregnant Women and Women within Twelve Months Postpartum in Ethiopia

MCSP is conducting a study, in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health and Oromia Regional Health Bureau, to test how to improve uptake of family planning among postpartum women up to 12 months after birth. The study is investigating whether postpartum family planning (PPFP) use increases if: Messages on PPFP are integrated into as […]

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Webinar: Mentoring Implementation Lessons from Rwanda, Laos and Ethiopia

On February 28th, MCSP hosted the first of a two-part webinar series to share the Program’s global and country-level learning for human capacity development efforts. Entitled “Mentoring Implementation Lessons from Rwanda, Laos and Ethiopia,” the webinar summarized MCSP’s global guidance on mentoring based on a literature review and results from a survey of 23 countries […]

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What Data on Maternal and Newborn Health Do National Health Management Information Systems Include?

This report reviews the data elements related to maternal and newborn health (MNH) present in the health management and information (HMIS) systems in 24 low- and lower middle-income countries. The review’s purpose is to quantify the extent to which key data elements are available in the antenatal, delivery and postpartum registers and associated summary reporting […]

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