Ethiopia - Maternal and Neonatal Health in Ethiopia Partnership (MaNHEP)

Dates: 2009-2013

Country: Ethiopia

Client(s): Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Services: Technical Assistance, Program Development, Training

Technical Expertise: Maternal, Newborn & Child Health


Ethiopia is a country of 80 million people, 85% of whom live in rural areas. With the ninth-highest birthrate in the world, the lifetime risk of dying in childbirth is 1 in 27. Ethiopia also has high infant mortality rate (77 deaths per 1,000 live births), with half of the deaths occurring in the first month of life. Only 9.7% of births are attended by a skilled professional, while nearly 85% are attended by an untrained traditional birth attendant or relative making a community-based approach to care essential.

The Maternal and Neonatal Health in Ethiopia Partnership (MaNHEP) is a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded initiative designed to demonstrate a community-oriented model to improve maternal and newborn health (MNH) care in rural Ethiopia. Working collaboratively with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Regional Health Bureaus (RHB), this learning project uses a "lead woreda approach" to improve maternal and newborn health in two regions of the country and to demonstrate its broader scalability. In keeping with the Gates' model of change (more, better, more equitable), this community-oriented approach is strengthening provider capacity at local and regional levels, increasing local demand from women and families for enhanced MNH care, and using locally-designed solutions to overcome the key challenges to providing a package of evidence-based MNH care practices during the critical birth-to-48 hours window.

Emory University is the prime implementing agency on this project, and JSI Research & Training Institute is a sub-partner, as is University Research Co., LLC.


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