Maternal and Newborn Health in Ethiopia Partnership


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About MaNHEP

The Maternal and Newborn Health in Ethiopia Partnership (MaNHEP) is an initiative begun in 2010 to demonstrate a community-oriented model for improving maternal and newborn health (MNH) care in rural Ethiopia. The project is working in Afar, Oromia and Amhara Regions to strengthen the delivery of MNH services during the birth-to-48-hour period when mothers and newborns are most vulnerable.

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Where We Work

MaNHEP works in six woredas or districts in rural areas of Oromia and Amhara Regions of Ethiopia. In Oromia, they are Degem, Kuyu, and Werejarso woredas of North Shoa zonal administration (see 1 below). In Amhara, MaNHEP is working in Mecha, South Achefer, and North Achefer woredas of West Gojjam zonal administration (see 2 below). These six woredas were selected by Ethiopia's Ministry of Health because of their high maternal and newborn mortality rates and capacity to serve as lead woredas.

What We Do

MaNHEP has developed a comprehensive public health program designed to improve maternal and newborn survival rates in rural Ethiopia. The program's activities consist of:

  • Training to improve the capability and performance of frontline health workers to deliver a basic package of interventions to improve maternal and newborn survival. 
  • Behavior change communications to increase demand for targeted maternal and newborn health (MNH) services and promote practices around the time of birth that can improve survival. 
  • Quality improvement to overcome barriers that may prevent women and newborns from obtaining care.
  • Formative and baseline research to understand knowledge, attitudes, practices, and priorities toward MNH care.