Implementing innovative solutions for effective referral for critical maternal and newborn health conditions in Ethiopia
In each intervention district an assessment was conducted using facility assessments, in-depth interviews, and focus group discussions to understand the local context and available referral resources based on the capacity of the health system and the needs of the population together with key health system and community stakeholders to identify gaps. The findings of the assessment was presented at a workshop with the referral stakeholders of the district (identified during the assessment) as the participants to validate the findings and use that information in the participatory design of innovations to strengthen the referral system involving demand and supply sides. This paper presents the major findings from the assessments and describes the innovative referral solutions that the districts and the local community have committed to actively manage.
Learning Areas:Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health or related research
Describes the components of a functional referral system for developing country settings; describes a participatory process to design and implement innovative solutions to effective referral for critical maternal and newborn conditions; describes the indicators for measuring an effective referral solutions; demonstrates possible post MDG strategy to address maternal and newborn mortality
Keyword(s): International MCH, Community Health Planning
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Plan and implement the intervention described in the abstract
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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