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Tackling inequalities in newborn and maternal health in Asia and Africa

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Mother Infant Research Activities (MIRA) has been awarded a grant by the ESRC-DFID Joint Scheme for Research on International Development for a project entitled “Socio-economic inequalities and the MDGs: building evidence to support equitable improvement in maternal and newborn health in Asia & Africa”. The project will be lead by Dr. Tanja AJ Houweling, from the UCL Centre for International Health & Development, and will involve collaboration with six research sites in Malawi, India, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has been highly uneven. Poor and otherwise disadvantaged groups lag behind their more fortunate compatriots for most MDGs. To make things worse, effective interventions are known, but rarely reach those who need them most. Unfortunately, little is known about how to effectively reach poor and otherwise disadvantaged groups, and how to address socio-economic inequalities in mortality.

This project aims to fill these gaps by generating evidence on (1) how socio-economic inequalities translate into inequalities in maternal and newborn mortality within countries, (2) how to address the exclusion of poor and otherwise disadvantaged groups from efforts to achieve the MDGs, and (3) how to reduce socio-economic inequalities in maternal and newborn mortality.

Data will be obtained from six surveillance sites, in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Malawi, where a combined population of over 2 million is prospectively followed-up. Information on birth outcomes, socio-economic position, health care use and home care practices will be used to describe and explain mortality inequalities. Data from randomized controlled trials of participatory women’s group interventions in these sites will be used to evaluate the differential reach of these interventions across socio-economic groups and the impact of these interventions on socio-economic inequalities in mortality.

The three year project will actively engage with and learn from stakeholders, drawing on their experiential evidence regarding what works to ensure an equitable improvement in newborn and maternal health.

For more information on this project, visit the project website:
http://equinam.global-health-inequalities.info/
Or contact Bhim Shrestha ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), Kirti Tumbahangphe ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) Dr. Tanja AJ Houweling ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 December 2011 04:32
 

Essential Newborn Care Training to the health staff of many District Hospitals ...

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MIRA has provided Essential Newborn Care Training to the health staff of many District Hospitals, Primary Health Centres, Health Posts and Sub Health Posts on its own and in collaboration with other NGOs and INGOs e.g. Nepal Safer Motherhood Project, Care and Merlin.

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Dissemination of Research Findings

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Dissemination of MIRA Makwanpur study findings to major stake holders – Ministry of Health, Nepal, Support to Safe motherhood, SCF US, UNICEF, WHO and other INGOs. The Director General of Health Services was in the Chair in the above picture.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 March 2010 04:15 Read more...
 

Presentations

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Research studies have been presented by MIRA and ICH in various international and national forums. Prof. Anthony Costello has been invited to give prestigious Orations in Nepal Pediatric Society and Perinatal Society of Nepal and Prof. D.S.Manandhar the Oration in Nepal Pediatric Society

Last Updated on Monday, 01 March 2010 04:13 Read more...
 

Support to conferences

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1.MIRA has been conducting post conference workshops on a topic of special perinatal interest following each conference of Perinatal Society of Nepal (PESON). Prof. D.S. Manandhar is the Founder President of the Society and the Society has been conducting conferences every 2 years since 1997

2. MIRA has sponsored special sessions in the conferences of Nepal Medical Association and Nepal Pediatric Society.

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