The World Health Organization (WHO, 2009) defines a maternal near-miss (MNM) as “a woman who nearly died, but survived a complication that occurred during pregnancy, childbirth or within 42 days...read more
The Evidence to Action (E2A) project seeks to increase global support for the use of evidence-based best practices (BPs) to improve family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) service access and quality while integrating FP/RH with other health and non-health services, mitigating gender barriers, and enhancing informed decision-making for women and girls. The project will help foster an environment in which women and girls can fulfill their reproductive intentions and aspirations. By strengthening FP/RH service delivery, E2A will reduce unmet need at each stage of the reproductive life cycle—a major contribution to reducing unintended pregnancies.
Significant investment has been made by USAID and others to identify BPs that strengthen FP/RH service delivery, but questions still remain about how to adapt them to country contexts and align them with country priorities, how to get BPs adopted at country, facility and community levels and how to sustainably scale them up. New BPs that may improve service delivery continue to be developed and work is needed to identify and generate evidence about them. To address the challenges facing the adoption and scale-up of BPs, it is critical to explore why knowledge is not acted upon and to produce local evidence on BPs to cultivate country ownership. The E2A team will seek to answer these questions, contributing to the overall global evidence base, and ultimately strengthening FP/RH service delivery in the GHI-Plus/BEST countries, as well as others.