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Effects of a community-based data for decision-making intervention on maternal and newborn health care practices in Ethiopia: a dose-response study

Learn more about this journal articleCommunity participation and community health volunteer programs are an essential part of the health system so that health services are responsive and accountable to community needs. Information systems are necessary for community health volunteer programs to be effective, yet effectiveness evaluations of such information systems implemented at scale are rare. In October 2010, a network of female volunteers with little or no literacy, the Women’s Development Army (WDA), was added to extend Ethiopia’s Health Extension Program services to every household in the community.
Between July 2013 and January 2015, a health management information system for the WDA’s Community-Based Data for Decision-Making (CBDDM) strategy was implemented in 115 rural districts to improve the demand for and utilization of maternal and newborn health services. Using the CBDDM strategy, Health Extension Workers (HEWs) fostered the WDA and community leaders to inform, lead, own, plan, and monitor the maternal and newborn health interventions in their kebeles (communities). This paper examines the effectiveness of the CBDDM strategy.
Authors: Karim, Ali Mehryar;Zemichael, Nebreed Fesseha;Shigute, Tesfaye;Altaye, Dessalew Emaway;Dagnew, Selamawit;Solomon, Firew;Hailu, Mulu;Tadele, Gizachew;Yihun, Bantalem;Getachew, Nebiyu;Betemariam, Wuleta

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