Evidence for Action (E4A)

Evidence for Action (E4A)

Mother newborn in hospital ©MamaYe!

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

Evidence for Action (E4A) was 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 was providing technical support to the Tanzania team.

The programme 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.

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).

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

Main published outputs:

Policy Brief – Women and Children First: Countdown to ending preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths in Tanzania
P. ten Hoope-Bender et al. “Using advocacy and data to strengthen political accountability in maternal and newborn health in Africa” International Journal of gynaecology and obstetrics, 2016
C. E. Armstrong et al. “Subnational variation for care at birth in Tanzania: is this explained by place, people, money or drugs?” BMC Public Health, 2016
H. Afnan-Holmes et al. “Tanzania’s countdown to 2015: an analysis of two decades of progress and gaps for reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health, to inform priorities for post-2015” The Lancet Global Health, 2015

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