Every Preemie is supporting implementation learning and research in four demonstration countries: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, and Malawi. The Implementation Research projects are:
Bangladesh: test a simple method of gestational age estimation during pregnancy using a tape measure and weight scale;
Ethiopia: evaluate the strength of implementation of a multi-partner maternal and newborn health service delivery model from the community to the district hospital level in three districts (settled, semi-settled and urban);
India: assess the safe and effective use of antenatal corticosteroids (ACS) among women in imminent preterm labor, including pre-referral first dose of ACS by auxiliary nurse midwives (ANMs); and
Malawi: assess the implementation of the Family-Led Care model in Balaka district, designed to improve quality of facility-based care for early/small babies, empower families to care for their early/small babies at the facility and household level, and strengthen pathways between communities and facilities for follow-up care of early/small babies.
Support to these countries includes: a) extensive stakeholder engagement; and b) grants of up to $100,000 to local or international organizations to support and build Implementation Research capacity, including monitoring and evaluation of process and outcomes. Evidence-based learning from each of these four countries will be used to catalyze national and global dialogue and to expand the uptake of successful approaches for improved PTB/LBW outcomes at the country level and beyond.
Where additional resources become available, Every Preemie can provide technical support to other USAID priority countries. Examples of country specific technical support include the revision of policy, standards and protocols, curricula development, health provider training and support, essential evidence/implementation research, and/or support for health management information systems.