East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community
Fostering Regional Cooperation for Better Health

The innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa (IMCHA) project seeks to improve maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) by using primary health care as an entry point to strengthen health systems and ensuring equitability. At ECSA-HC, this project supports research and health policy to ensure evidence informs decision-making for strengthening of health systems.

A team of researchers composed of leading African and Canadian researchers, decision makers (of which ECSA-HC is part of) are working together to develop practical, cost effective solutions to health systems challenges. The project also looks into ways of scaling up successes to improve health equity for women and children. Four priority research themes were identified:

  1. High Impact, community-based interventions
  2. Quality facility-based interventions
  3. Enabling policy environment to improve health care services outcomes and
  4. Human resources for health.

ECSA-HC’s role in this project is to facilitate mutual learning among researchers and policymakers and to strengthen individual and institutional capacities in research by complementing and integrating evidence generated into policies and practices.

This project is supported through the International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

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