In Ethiopia, Every Preemie worked with St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College and in close collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) on implementation research to examine implementation of care services in rural and urban locations; and provide recommendations to the FMOH on an effective essential package of PTB/LBW interventions for national scale-up. The study was implemented in three geographic locations: Kobo district in the Amhara region (representing the settled agrarian community), Dolo Mena district in the Oromia region (representing the semi-settled/pastoral community), and Kirkos and Yeka sub-cities in Addis Ababa (representing the urban community).
The research examined how maternal and newborn interventions and services for preterm, LBW and sick newborns are implemented across public health care system levels, and identified key challenges to and opportunities for improving services nationally. A post-discharge mortality study also provided insight into newborn outcomes after babies returned home from inpatient care. The findings will inform the development of recommendations to the FMOH on national programming to support the implementation, coverage and quality of select interventions and services to improve outcomes for small and sick newborns in Ethiopia.
Manuscripts from this research are underway and cover topics including health systems readiness, quality of care, referral and transfer system, and post-discharge mortality. Once published, links to the articles will be added to this page.