Long-term Impact

 

In addition to the more immediate impacts some long-term impacts are expected. Rather than seeking to deliver a set of biomedical interventions in isolation, the intention is to take full consideration of health systems issues and constraints when designing and implementing the package of interventions in each site. The MOMI project aims to produce a sustainable and relevant impact, which includes having extended impacts beyond the research design and performance. These include:

  • Positive socio-economic impacts on project communities, through improvements in women's health and birth spacing, enhanced capacity and effectiveness of CHWs and a clear community focus that engenders alignment of the priorities and needs of health services and communities;
      
  • Improving maternal morbidities, such as anaemia, to reduce maternal mortality in future pregnancies;
      
  • Setting standards for family planning and contraception services among postpartum women that can be applied to similar settings and beyond;
      
  • A broader and long-run impact on health systems in the study sites;
      
  • Raising the capacity of health care workers to provide postpartum and newborn services;
      
  • Raising the profile of services for postpartum women and newborns in Africa, especially in high HIV-burden settings; and
      
  • Creating a network linking African and European partners to promote the delivery of community-level services for maternal and newborn health in Africa.