Work package 4 - Design optimum package of postpartum interventions and services tailored to conditions at each study site

 

Overall objective

To design a feasible and optimum package of interventions tailored to conditions at each study site to improve postnatal and newborn health.

 

Specific objectives
  • To design a feasible and optimum package of interventions/services for each of 4 selected study sites, tailored to the specific conditions at each of these sites; and
     
  • To use the designed packages of interventions as a strategy to improve postpartum and newborn care in other districts/countries.

 

Description

This work package corresponds to the second research phase. Based on the results of the maternal and newborn health policy and situation analysis (research phase 1: work package 2 and 3), existing knowledge on cost-effectiveness and preferences of local policy makers, clinicians and other relevant stakeholders, context specific and optimum packages of interventions will be designed to improve the health of postpartum women and newborns.

The intervention packages must be designed to have the highest likelihood of being sustainable in the long run; and be able to continue with little or no support from the research team once the project is completed. Based on the results of work package 2 and 3, optimum packages of interventions will be designed for each study site. The packages of interventions will include;

  • Activities/interventions strengthening the existing facility based postpartum care;
      
  • Activities/interventions facilitating postpartum care (until 1 year after delivery) by integrating postpartum care within services provided at child-health clinics; and
       
  • Community-based activities/interventions.

  

The packages of interventions will be developed in close cooperation with the research partners at the study sites. Ownership of the proposed interventions by the local health authorities has to be ensured to enhance the acceptability and the sustainability of the interventions. Also attention has to be paid to developing packages of interventions that are feasible to implement, appropriate, realistic and based on evidence-based medicine and management. Financial and human resources needs and implications for the implementation of the packages have to be assessed and specified. The results of work package 2 and 3 will lead into this process of designing the intervention packages together with relevant scientific literature and existing knowledge.

The expected outcome of work package 4 is to have context adapted packages of interventions to improve maternal and newborn health.