Real-time monitoring for improved maternal and child health in ESAR

30 May 2017: New approaches to programme monitoring and response (PMR) in the health and nutrition sectors are contributing to improved health outcomes for women and children in Eastern and Southern Africa. For the first time, UNICEF is combining subnational near real-time monitoring (NRTM) with community feedback, to strengthen evidence-based decision-making and planning at the village, ward and district levels where services are delivered.

Through the UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa Region Institutional Support in PMR Initiative 2014–2017, UNICEF country offices in Kenya, Swaziland, Uganda and Zimbabwe are adapting PMR principles to their different contexts to help inform sustainable and scalable approaches to decentralized data-collection and use, and citizen engagement in government service delivery.

I recently attended the Final Review Meeting and Partners Forum in Uganda, after researching and authoring five publications:

  • Kenya Lessons Learned: Use of the reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH) scorecard to strengthen data-driven service delivery in a devolved health system framework … read more
  • Swaziland Lessons Learned: Government leadership in ensuring citizen feedback on health … read more
  • Zimbabwe Lessons Learned: Adaptive programming key to real-time monitoring for stunting reduction … read more
  • Uganda Lessons Learned: Promoting bottleneck analysis for action and accountability on maternal and child health … read more
  • Regional Case Study: UNICEF harnesses use of near real-time data to support maternal, newborn and child health in Eastern and Southern Africa … read more

You can access all the publications here

The UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa Region Institutional Support in PMR Initiative is co-funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the US Fund for UNICEF.



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