Improving maternal, neonatal and child survival

Improving maternal, neonatal and child survival: a partnership approach to achieve Millennium Development Goals in Bangladesh

BRAC, a large Bangladeshi non-governmental organisation, has initiated maternal, neonatal and child survival interventions to support the effort of the government of Bangladesh in achieving two major Millennium Development Goals relating to maternal and child health. The objectives of this five-year project included improving maternal and child health services, particularly amongst poorer groups, and reducing financial barriers. The project included evaluation of interventions by assessing changes in maternal health outcomes and costs.

Outcome and Translation

The project demonstrated the development and application of improved health research methods in a low- and middle-income setting. Further, the capacity of researchers in Bangladesh to undertake similar work in the future was strengthened.

HERU researchers involved in this research project: Zahidul Quayyum

External collaborators: J Hussein, A Cumming (IMMPACT, University of Aberdeen); P Byass (Umea University, Sweden); P Nicholls (Southampton University); T Ensor (Oxford Policy Unit/IMMPACT) and M Leppard (Queen Margaret University)

Publications

Khan, M.N.U., Quayyum, Z., Nasreen, H., Ensor, T. and Salahuddin, S. (2009) Household costs of obtaining maternal and newborn care in rural Bangladesh: baseline survey, Research Monograph Series No. 43. BRAC & University of Aberdeen.

Khan, N.U., Quayyum, Z., Quayyum, T., Nasreen, H., Mahmud, S.N. and Ensor, T. (2012) Costs of providing maternal, new born and child health care: estimates from BRAC's IMNCS programme in rural Bangladesh, Bangladesh: Research and Evaluation Division.

Quayyum, Z., Khan, M.N.U., Quayyum, T., Nasreen, H., Chowdhury, M. and Ensor, T. (2013) 'Can community level interventions have an impact on equity and utilization of maternal health care: evidence from rural Bangladesh', International Journal for Equity in Health, 12(22).

Presentations

Khan, MNU., Quayyum, Z., Nasreen, H., Ensor, T. and Salahuddin, S. (2010) 'Household costs of obtaining maternal and newborn care in rural Bangladesh', International Conferences on War Against Chronic Poverty, hosted by the Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI) and Chronic Poverty Research Centre, University of Manchester, September 2010.

Quayyum, Z., Khan, N., Nasreen, H., Nicholls, P., Leppard, M. and Salahuddin, S. (2011) 'Utilisation of and expenditure for maternal and new born care and poverty impact in rural Bangladesh: role of community level intervention', ESRC funded seminar: Addressing the links between poverty and the off-target health MDG: maternal, newborn and child survival, Aberdeen, January 2011.

Khan, N., Quayyum, Z., Quayyum, T., Nasreen, H., Chowdhury, M. and Ensor, T. (2012) 'Can community level intervention have impact on equity and utilization of maternal health care: evidence from rural Bangladesh [poster]', Second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, Beijing, 31 October - 3 November 2012.

Khan, N., Quayyum, Z., Quayyum, T., Nasreen, H., Chowdhury, M. and Ensor, T. (2012) 'Costs of abortion care to mothers in rural Bangladesh: are all these costs avoidable? [poster]', Second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, Beijing, 31 October - 3 November 2012.

Quayyum, T., Quayyum, Z., Khan, N., Nasreen, H. and Ensor, T. (2012) 'Retention of community health workers for maternal and new born care in rural Bangladesh: level and determinants [poster]', Second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, Beijing, November 2012.

Quayyum, Z., Khan, MNU., Quayyum, T., Nasreen, H., Chowdhury, M. and Ensor, T. (2013) 'Can community level intervention have impact on equity and utilization of maternal health care? Evidence from rural Bangladesh [poster]', Global Maternal Health Conferences, Tanzania, January 2013.