Success Factors for Women’s and Children’s Health: Policy and programme highlights from 10 fast-track countries

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Client The Partnership for Maternal Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH)
Dates 2014
Sector(s)Global Health
Service(s)Strategy & Finance

The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) is a global health partnership combining the reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) communities into an alliance of several hundred members to work towards achieving MDG 4 (reduce child mortality) and MDG 5 (improve maternal health).

A consortium led by CEPA was engaged by PMNCH to develop a series of case studies and overall synthesis paper to analyse and highlight the ‘success factors’ that have contributed towards the achievement of MDGs 4 and 5 in ten countries. These were: Cambodia, China, Bangladesh, Egypt, Ethiopia, Lao PDR, Nepal, Peru, Rwanda and Vietnam.

The assignment involved:

  • a systematic desk-based literature review to gather qualitative country-specific evidence on the background/context to the country, challenges and bottlenecks related to MDGs 4 and 5, and policy and program timelines;
  • informant interviews to supplement the literature review and provide context rich information, including further insight into policy and program timelines, as well as success factors, challenges and bottlenecks related to MDGs 4 and 5; and
  • quantitative analysis of trends and coverage parameters for key indicators which impact women's and children's health in the countries.

The final papers were specifically designed to ensure that the evidence is powerfully packaged and communicated in a meaningful way to reach a range of stakeholders (i.e. decision-makers, politicians, advocates).

The final synthesis paper can be accessed through PMNCH's website here.

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