Evidence for Action (E4A)
Evidence for Action (E4A) is a five year programme which aims to improve maternal and newborn survival in six sub-Saharan countries. Funded by the UK Department for International Development, it focuses on using better information and improved advocacy and accountability to save lives in Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Tanzania.
FEMHealth is a three-year project, launched in January 2011, to develop tools, evidence and new evidence-sharing approaches to improve financial access to obstetric care. The project will follow the implementation of national policies to reduce financial barriers to maternal healthcare in Burkina Faso, Benin, Mali and Morocco.
IDEAS aims to improve the health and survival of mothers and babies. Working in Ethiopia, North-Eastern Nigeria and the state of Uttar Pradesh in India, IDEAS uses measurement, learning and evaluation to find out what works, why and how in maternal and newborn health programmes. IDEAS’ findings will be used as evidence to inform policy and practice locally, nationally and globally.
Maternal healthcare markets Evaluation Team
The School’s Maternal healthcare markets Evaluation Team (MET) is seeking to understand the role of the private sector in providing maternal health care as part of its evaluation of the Merck, Sharpe and Dome (MSD) for Mothers initiative. Projects being evaluated include social franchising for maternal health in India and Uganda and private operated supply chains for family planning in Senegal. Led by Caroline Lynch and Catherine Goodman, the team is also investigating where women seek care worldwide through analysis of demographic health surveys and examining the nature of competition where the private sector is providing maternal care. MSD for Mothers is a 10-year, US $500 million initiative to reduce maternal mortality around the world.
The Prevention of Maternal Deaths and Unwanted Pregnancies (PMDUP) is a DFID funded programme aiming to increase the provision of service outlets and trained providers in 14 low income countries. The maternal health team from LSHTM, the Guttmacher Institute, and the Population Council are conducting an evaluation of the PMDUP project.
The Soapbox Collaborative
The Soapbox Collaborative is a UK Charity which aims to reduce healthcare-associated infections at birth among mothers and newborns. The collaborative combines action and research, working in India, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Tanzania and Zimbabwe to develop innovative monitoring tools, train staff, improve environments and design effective interventions to improve clean, safe birth.
Strengthening Evidence for Programming on Unintended Pregnancy (STEP-UP) is a six year research programme consortium with the aim to generate policy relevant research to prevent unintended pregnancies and reduce unwanted births by reducing the unmet need for family planning and safe abortion services. The maternal health team at LSHTM focuses on understanding the determinants and consequences of unintended pregnancy with particular attention to the unmet need for family planning.