Evidence for Action (E4A)

Evidence for Action to save Mothers and Newborns in Africa – ‘E4A’ (2011-2016)MamaYe2

Evidence for Action (E4A) is a five year programme (2011-2016) funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to improve maternal and newborn survival through a combined focus on evidence, advocacy and accountability across six sub-Saharan African countries. LSHTM is providing technical support to the Tanzania team.

Midwife and Tanzanian mother during ANC check-up ©MamaYe!

The programme is focused on improving the use of evidence on maternal and newborn care and survival so that critical research data is accessible by influential advocates who can create impact among high-level policy makers, to progress towards MDG4 and 5 targets.

E4A programme objectives:

  • Strengthen evidence on maternal and newborn mortality to enable context-specific planning and evidence-based targeting of interventions;
  • Support maternal and newborn health advocacy at regional, national, and sub-national levels in the generation and use of mortality data;
  • Increase accountability mechanisms at all levels to achieve progress on maternal and newborn health.

E4A will result in better maternal and neonatal health services and outcomes by using evidence more effectively to generate political commitment; strengthen accountability and improve planning and decision making at all levels. The overall approach brings together evidence, advocacy, and accountability efforts to address poor maternal and newborn health outcomes, building on existing networks and ensuring that efforts are country-led and reflect national and local needs and priorities.

Options, in a consortium with the Universities of Aberdeen, Southampton, University College London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; together with White Ribbon Alliance and Advocacy International, are implementing Evidence for Action (E4A).

Mother newborn in hospital ©MamaYe!

Stay up to date through the E4A Tanzania website and facebook.

Recent evidence outputs:

Policy Brief – Women and Children First: Countdown to ending preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths in Tanzania.

Tanzanian Demographic and Health Survey Analysis over 25 years.

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