Global Health Exemplars in Maternal and Neonatal Mortality (Jan 2020-Dec 2021)

Members of the Maternal and Newborn Health Group, led by Professor Oona Campbell, are partnering with the University of Manitoba and the Johns Hopkins University to implement a Global Health Exemplars (GHE) study of maternal and neonatal mortality. The study, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, aims to systematically and comprehensively identify and document factors associated with reductions of maternal and neonatal mortality in six countries that experienced greater declines than their socio-economic progress since 2000. The study will examine socio-economic, epidemiologic, and demographic factors, health system contexts, and policies and strategies relevant to improving maternal and neonatal health in the study countries.

A conceptual framework was developed to identify the success factors of achieving health impacts, and to unpack the mechanisms through which positive impacts happen. The main research activities planned for the six countries include retrospective desk review of key reports and documents, interviews with key informants, health systems analysis, service coverage and equity analysis, analysis of maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality time trends. A counterfactual analysis of the impact of key policies at the global level will also be conducted. Findings from the study will contribute to the evidence base of success factors, and provide a portfolio of policies and strategies to help strengthen current efforts.

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