Emory Nursing Maternal and Neonatal Health in Ethiopia Partnership

What We Do


The Maternal and Newborn Health in Ethiopia Partnership (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. The program, called Community-Based Maternal and Newborn Health Training, builds on local knowledge and skills through discussions, demonstrations, negotiations, and practice, with the goals of gaining acceptance by the participants and increasing the likelihood that the skills and knowledge will be used.

  • 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. These communications target women, decision makers, and community leaders.

  • Quality improvement to overcome barriers that may prevent women and newborns from obtaining care. MaNHEP facilitates quality improvement teams consisting of frontline health workers and community members who meet regularly to share lessons and successful solutions to overcoming barriers to care, such as difficulties identifying women who are pregnant and learning when pregnant women begin labor and give birth.

  • Formative and baseline research to understand knowledge, attitudes, practices, and priorities toward MNH care. This research includes operational studies of frontline workers to understand factors that predispose, reinforce, and enable capability and performance. Other studies of adult women seek to understand factors predisposing, reinforcing, and enabling demand and uptake of MNH services.

Photo caption: A health extension worker listens to a fetal heartbeat.