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Evidence for Action to Save Mothers and Newborns in Africa
The Evidence for Action programme is supporting efforts to save the lives of mothers and newborns in Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Tanzania, by focusing on using better evidence on maternal-newborn care and
survival to ensure that the most rigorously researched data can be
accessed by influential advocates in order to hold policy-makers to
account for progress towards MDGs 4 and 5.
The programme has brought together academic researchers, advocacy strategists, and accountability coalitions. Its purpose is to:
- 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.
In many countries there is a lack of evidence at national and sub-national levels to show how many mothers and newborns die each year. Where data exists, it could be better used to support effective programming and monitoring progress towards the MDGs. Translating evidence into meaningful action has also been a critical missing element in efforts to improve maternal and newborn health. The programme is working with data, researchers, advocates and policy-makers at all levels. Advocacy messages also need to use clear and powerful evidence, improved evidence needs to form the backbone of advocacy campaigns and strengthen the legitimacy of advocates to work with and influence politicians and policy-makers. Rigorous evidence will also support and strengthen accountability mechanisms. Our approach is to work with governments to support accountability efforts within government; and the accountability of governments and service providers to citizens.
The programme is managed by a consortium led by Options
which consists of world leaders in the generation and use of evidence on
maternal mortality, and advocacy and accountability partners:
The consortium will build on existing strong networks across sub-Saharan Africa and build new partnerships to support implementation, ensure that efforts are country-led, and that initiatives reflect national and local needs and priorities.
Critically, the programme seeks to complement and work in tandem with other key actors and initiatives with similar goals and objectives, and so add value and strengthen global commitment to achieving MDGs 4 and 5.
To learn more about this programme, contact Louise Hulton, Programme Director at
or Jimmy Innes,