Maternal Health

Heran presenting to an audience

As we approach the 2018 Gender 360 Summit on June 11, which EnCompass is co-sponsoring, several of our staff will present on our work related to “Positive Girl and Boy Development,” the summit’s theme. To kick off this three-part series, we talked with Heran Tadesse, EnCompass’ Senior Gender Advisor in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The author with a small child in Zambia

My first experience in international development was as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a rural village in northern Zambia. During my 2 years as a health volunteer, I saw time and time again projects designed by “experts” in Washington, D.C., that failed in my small village. 

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Community health workers (CHWs), and the barriers they face in providing services, have been studied extensively. Less examined is how CHWs respond to these barriers. The USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project conducted a qualitative study of the challenges and opportunities Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) in India encounter and how they respond.

Ethiopian Mother, Father, and Baby

The United States celebrates Fathers’ Day on the third Sunday each June, commemorating the contributions of fathers and father figures in children’s lives. Many men recognize the importance of being engaged and responsible fathers, but they are limited by gender norms and responsibilities that define caregiving and unpaid care work as primarily female activities.

Ethiopian mother and child

EnCompass serves as gender advisor in a consortium, led by Pathfinder International, implementing USAID’s Transform: Primary Health Care project in Ethiopia. The consortium will work with USAID/Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Ministry of Health to advance gender equality and end preventable child and maternal deaths in four of the most populous regions in Ethiopia. EnCompass also provides assistance in capacity building and quality improvement initiatives in this role. 

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This special study for Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives (SNL) program provided an opportunity to return to two countries, Indonesia and Mali, four years after SNL ended its in-country activities. The study has three components: two case studies which investigate what has happened to the momentum for and institutionalization of newborn health in Indonesia and Mali, and a synthesis report that draws lessons from the two case studies.

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This special study for Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives (SNL) program provided an opportunity to return to two countries, Indonesia and Mali, four years after SNL ended its in-country activities. The study has three components: two case studies which investigate what has happened to the momentum for and institutionalization of newborn health in Indonesia and Mali, and a synthesis report that draws lessons from the two case studies.

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This special study for Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives (SNL) program provided an opportunity to return to two countries, Indonesia and Mali, four years after SNL ended its in-country activities. The study has three components: two case studies which investigate what has happened to the momentum for and institutionalization of newborn health in Indonesia and Mali, and a synthesis report that draws lessons from the two case studies.

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Over the last 15 years, newborn health has garnered increased attention, and individuals, organizations, and communities of organizations have emerged to work on newborn health and survival at both global and country levels. Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives (SNL) program commissioned EnCompass LLC to conduct a series of five organizational network analyses (ONA) to gain insight into the current functioning of newborn communities in Bangladesh, Malawi, Nepal, Uganda, and at the global level.

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EnCompass served as an evaluation partner for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Maternal Health Accountability Grants in Nigeria as part of its Population and Reproductive Health Programs since 2013.

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