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Interventions to Improve Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health in Mali and Burkina Faso (IMCHA)

Maternal and child mortality rates in Mali and Burkina Faso remain unacceptably high and the use of healthcare services in many parts of both countries is limited. This project focuses on community-level interventions that have the potential to address this priority issue.

Better health care, better outcomes
Despite recent increases in services, there is inadequate coverage for the most poor and vulnerable populations. Strengthening health service delivery includes placing a priority on:
-increasing access to services
-improving quality of care
-ensuring good continuity of care for mothers and children
-addressing financial and geographic challenges associated with seasonal malaria

From pregnancy to birth
In both countries, researchers will assess the role of four interventions on maternal and child morbidity and mortality.

In Mali, the project will evaluate the expansion of village health solidarity units, known as Caisses villageoises de solidarite¿-sante¿. The health units address financial and geographic inequities that women face when accessing care. The project team will implement and assess emergency obstetric and neonatal care services protocols at community health centres. They will also create an audit cycle of maternal and neonatal deaths.

In Burkina Faso, researchers will test the use of mobile phone applications in extending information and services to expectant mothers. They will monitor the mother and child through a mobile technology for community health initiative used by site staff in the villages to facilitate communication with the health centres. Their work will also inform the rollout of a large-scale chemoprevention program to address seasonal malaria.

This project is part of the Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa initiative, a seven-year CA$36 million partnership funded by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and IDRC.

Project ID
Project Status
End Date
42 months
IDRC Officer
Chaitali Sinha
Total Funding
CA$ 999,859.00
Maternal and Child Health
Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa
Institution Country
Burkina Faso
Project Leader
Abel Bicaba
Société d'Études et de Recherches en Santé Publique
Institution Country
Project Leader
Slim Haddad
CHU de Québec - Université Laval