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 Click & tell: MOMI on the spot

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MOMI End of Project Evaluation report and publishable summary

The MOMI End of Project Evaluation Report and publishable summary is available and can be downloaded here

ICRH Mozambique produces documentary about experiences implementing the MOMI project

ICRH Mozambique has produced a documentary that shares their experiences of implementing the MOMI project, and feedback of stakeholders involved in the project.

IRSS disseminates MOMI project findings to Health facility workers and Community health workers

A dissemination meeting was organised in Kaya, Burkina Faso by IRSS to feedback results of the MOMI project to Health facility workers and community health workers in January 2016. To read more about the dissemination event, click here!

MOMI 5th PMT Meeting and Project Dissemination Conference

The MOMI research team held their 5th Project Management Team meeting in Mombasa, Kenya on the 21st of January 2016. Project teams from Burkina Faso (IRSS), Kenya (ICRH-Kenya), Malawi (PACHI) and Mozambique (ICRHM-UEM) attended the meeting, as well as research and project staff from UCL London, FMUP Portugal and ICRH Belgium. After that,  there was a MOMI End of Project Dissemination conference on the 22nd of January which included stakeholders of the MOMI project from Burkina Faso, Kenya, Malawi and Mozambique. To see more information about the conference, view some tweets about the event here!

Read the latest issue of the MOMI Newsletter

The latest version of the MOMI Newsletter (Vol 5, Issue 2) is available, you can access it here! 

MOMI presentation at the MAGic 2015: Anthropology and Global Health Conference

MOMI Research staff, Emilomo Ogbe (ICRH- Belgium) gave a presentation on 'Translating maternal and child health policies into local interventions: Provision of postpartum care services in Sub-Saharan Africa, the missing link?' at the MAGic 2015: Anthropology and Global Health Conference which took place at the University of Sussex, Brighton from the 9th to 11th of September, 2015. The theme of the conference was 'Anthropology and Global health: Interrogating theory, policy and practice'. The audience included researchers, civil society organisations and medical practitioners working on topics related to anthropology and global health.

MOMI Article on 'Design of context specific packages to improve postpartum maternal and infant health in Sub-saharan Africa' published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth!

An article describing the experiences of designing and implementing the MOMI interventions in Burkina Faso, Kenya, Malawi and Mozambique, written by Els Duysburgh, MOMI Project Coordinator (ICRH Belgium, University of Ghent) was recently published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. The title of the article is 'Opportunities to Improve Postpartum Care for Mothers and Infants: Design of Context-specific Packages of Postpartum Interventions in Rural Districts in Four sub-Saharan African Countries'. The full article is available for reading and downloading here

MOMI End-Evaluation training for Project team in Mombasa, Kenya

A 4 day training on Case studies, qualitative interviewing techniques and development of logic models was organised for MOMI Researchers from Burkina Faso, Kenya, Malawi and Mozambique. The training was held at the International Centre for Reproductive Health (ICRH) office in Mombasa, Kenya from the 2nd to 5th of June, 2015, and facilitated by MOMI project partners from University College London (UCL), University of Porto (FMUP) and University of Ghent (ICRH Belgium). The focus of the training was to build the capacity of MOMI researchers to conduct the end evaluation of MOMI interventions in Burkina Faso, Kenya, Malawi and Mozambique.  

May 28th: International Day of Action for Women's Health

The Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR) has launched a campaign to promote Women's Health on May 28th, 2015. On May 28, International Day of Action for Women's Health, women's rights activists and allies advocate worldwide for women's comprehensive health and well-being, particularly their unmet sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). This May 28, the call of action is focused on imploring governments worldwide to respect, protect, and fulfill women's right to health, dignity and bodily integrity, and end violence against women in ALL its forms. More information about the campaign is available here.

MOMI Field visit to Kaya district in Burkina Faso

MOMI Research project staff, Els Duysburgh (ICRH-Belgium) and Halima Tougri (IRSS) conducted a field visit to five primary health care facilities in Kaya District in Burkina Faso from the 28th to 30th of April, 2015. The purpose of the visit was to assess the implementation process of the selected interventions, and data collection process of information necessary for monitoring and evaluation.

MOMI presentation at the EUROPEAID Infopoint conference

MOMI Research project staff, Els Duysburgh, Emilomo Ogbe (ICRH-Belgium) and Sofia Moura (Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade do Porto, Portugal) had an EUROPEAID Infopoint session on the MOMI project at the European Commission in Brussels on Monday, the 13th of April, 2015. The theme of the Infopoint session was 'Research serving Development; Rethinking Development and EU Aid: A focus on Reproductive Health'. The audience included civil society organisations, researchers and other stakeholders in the field of health policy and reproductive health. 

2nd MOMI Scientific Advisory Board Meeting in Portugal

The 2nd MOMI Scientific Advisory Board Meeting was sucessfully held on the 10th of March, 2015 at the Institute of Public Health, University of Porto (ISPUP), Portugal. Discussions were held on the evaluation frameworks and tools that will be used to evaluate the different MOMI interventions at the different sites (Burkina faso, Kenya, Malawi and Mozambique) with the MOMI Research teams and Scientific Advisory Board members. 

New MOMI Project Staff

Paula Meireles, Zione Dembo and Emilomo Ogbe are now part of the MOMI Team. Paula joined MOMI as a Researcher in July 2014 with the Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade do Porto- Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology (FMUP) Portugal. Zione is the Project Coordinator for MOMI in Malawi, she joined Parent and Child Health Initiative (PACHI) in January 2015. Emilomo (ICRH-Belgium) is now the MOMI Consortium Project Administrator since February 2015. She takes over the role from Aurore Guieu.

Field visit from ICRH Belgium and ICRH Kenya in Kwale district, Kenya

Els Duysburgh (ICRH-Belgium), Vernon Mochache Oyaro and Eunice Irungu (ICRH-Kenya) conducted together a field visit in Kwale district, Kenya, on 27-30 January 2015. This combined field visit was the third,after a first visit in October 2013 and a second in April 2014. The field visit included seven health facilities implementing the MOMI project activities in Kwale, as well as community activities.  

Read the latest issue of the MOMI newsletter

The latest issue of our newsletter (Dec 2014) is now available. You can access it here to see what MOMI has been doing in the past months! 

MOMI featured in CAAST-Net+ newsletter 

CAAST-Net+ is funded by the European Commission and is a network dedicated to spur research cooperation between Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. The network issues a bi-annual magazine. In its latest issue, Aurore Guieu and Els Duysburgh present the work of MOMI.
For more information about CAAST-Net+, access the website.
To access the magazine, click here.

Fourth Project Management Team meeting in Lilongwe, Malawi 

The MOMI consortium met for the fourt time in Lilongwe, Malawi, between 24-26 September 2014. The objectives of this meeting were to discuss the current project implementation and the plans for the final project year. The meeting was coupled to a field visit to Ntchisi (MOMI field district for Malawi) to meet with health facility staff and community members.

The next and last Project Management Team meeting is scheduled to take place at the end of the project in Kenya.

Changes in ICRH-Mozambique MOMI team

The MOMI Consortium is pleased to welcome Sally Griffin, new Country Director for ICRH-Mozambique, and Fernanda Mausse, new Coordinator for MNCH programmes - including MOMI. They replace respectively Beatrice Crahay and Gilda Gondola.

Sally Griffin has a Masters in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research from the London
School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, with a dissertation on  "Determinants of condom use by sex workers in Nepal with clients and other sexual partners: A quantitative study". She has over 15 years of experience working in the area of sexual and reproductive health and
rights, mainly in Mozambique and Angola.

Fernanda Mausse has a Masters in Development Studies from the UK, and over 10 years working with NGOs and donors in Mozambique, particularly in the health sector and with a focus on reproductive & sexual health.

A new MOMI newsletter is  up!

To get the latest updates on MOMI activities, you can access the newsletter here.  

Field visits continue

ICRH-Belgium and ICRH-Kenya teams met during the second field visit to Kwale County, where the MOMI project is implemented in Kenya, at the end of April 2014. At the same period, UCL and PACHI conducted also their second common field visit in Malawi.

The programmes included visits to the health facilities and communities as well as internal discussion on the implementation and monitoring of the project.  

Second wave of field visits started

ICRH-Belgium and IRSS collaborated during the first field visit of a second wave of MOMI visits, where European technical partners join the four African partners on the field to support the implementation of the interventions and their monitoring. Els Duysburgh, MOMI consortium director, travelled to Burkina Faso to work with IRSS MOMI team in the first week of April 2014.

The next field visit will take place in Kenya from April 28th with the collaboration of ICRH-Belgium and ICRH-Kenya.

First wave of field visits completed for MOMI

Between the 3rd and 6th February, Henrique Barros and Sofia Lopes from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto (FMUP), Portugal, visited MOMI partners in Mozambique. This put an end to a first wave of field visits from European MOMI partners to the MOMI sites. In October 2013, ICRH-Belgium visited Kenya and Burkina Faso, while UCL visited Malawi. The field visits all included meetings among partners as well as visits to the facilities and communities where MOMI is implemented. The outcomes of those visits have informed the development of the intervention as well as evaluation tools. A second wave of field visits is foreseen in the course of Spring/Summer 2014. (February 2014)

The latest MOMI newsletter is up!

You can access the latest MOMI newsletter here and find out about the progress the project has been doing in the past months. (January 2014)

A new Project Doctor for MOMI in Kenya

ICRH Kenya and all MOMI partners as a whole are glad to welcome Dr Vernon Mochache Oyaro, who has just been appointed as the new Project Doctor for MOMI in Kenya, within the Consortium. You can read more about Dr Oyaro by visiting the ICRHK Research Team on this website (under 'Project Consortium').
(September 2013)

MOMI in Portuguese media for World Humanitarian Day

On August 19th, on the occasion of the World Humanitarian Day, the MOMI project was under the spotlight in Portugal. Newspapers, national radio stations and national TV channels disseminated information on the project thanks for the cooperation of FMUP, our Portuguese partner.
You can read more here, here, but also here and there. You can also watch Sofia Castro Lopes, MOMI project co-investigator for FMUP, give an interview about MOMI here! (August 2013)

New MOMI newsletter

The latest issue of the MOMI newsletter can be downloaded here. (June 2013)

Cross-country situation analysis of maternal and newborn care in Burkina Faso, Kenya, Malawi and Mozambique (Work Package 3)

The report offers a cross-country situation analysis and gives a comparative overview of the maternal and newborn health care services, with emphasis on postpartum care in four selected districts. The report intends to serve as a baseline guidance to design interventions and to frame the evaluation of their impact (May 2013).

Cross-country analysis of maternal, newborn and child health policies in Burkina Faso, Kenya, Malawi and Mozambique (Work Package 2)

This report describes a cross-country comparison using the four country policy reports and documentary analysis to facilitate cross-country learning as well as informing the next stages of the MOMI project more widely. This comparative report focuses most exclusively on national policy content for postpartum care.  It examines the policy content in more detail and how this deviates from internationally defined best practices. It presents a critical review of the impact of the wider policy environment on implementation of interventions and considers implications of these findings for the MOMI project (April 2013).

MOMI Third Project Management team meeting

The third MOMI consortium and project management meeting was hosted by UEM and ICRH Mozambique and took place in Maputo from Tuesday 12 till Thursday 14 March 2013. Planning of main activities for the third year (such as implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the interventions) was discussed and a visit was paid to an urban health facility. More on the PMT meeting can be found in the latest ICRH newsletter http://www.icrh.org/newsletter-april-2013  (March-April 2013).

MOMI presentations in Nairobi & London

Two of our partners have recently presented the MOMI project and baseline results. In January Christine Katingima (ICRHK) gave a presentation at the STD/AIDS Collaborative Research Group which met in Nairobi, Kenya. Early February Sue Mann and Tim Colbourn (UCL) presented at a global health "mapping day" at the Institute for Women's Health of UCL, which was conceived in order to map all the different global health activities that are currently going on with a view to developing the Institute Women's Health Global Strategy (February 2013).  

Project Management Team meets third time

The MOMI consortium has decided to hold the third Project Management Team meeting from Tuesday 12 till Thursday 14 March 2013. The three-days meeting will be jointly organised by UEM and ICRHM and therefore take place in Maputo, Mozambique. The agenda can be consulted here (Updated January 2013).

Third MOMI newsletter out now!

Another issue of the MOMI newsletter can be read here (November 2012).

MOMI at the World Health Summit in Berlin

Within the context of the World Health Summit in October 2012 the Lancet issued a call for abstracts under the title New Voices in Global Health to report important research, policy, and advocacy initiatives in global health. 169 abstracts were submitted from 46 countries in six continents. Through a peer review and selection process, eight abstracts were chosen for oral presentation and 12 for poster presentation at the Summit. The abstract submitted by the MOMI consortium was one of them! (October 2012)

MOMI Scientific Advisory Board meeting in London

MOMI's Scientific Advisory Board will have its first meeting on October 4 at UCL in London. All members will be present to discuss the progress of the MOMI project and give guidance on future research directions, more specifically the planned interventions in the four African partner countries. (September 2012)

MOMI posters

All abstracts submitted for the Health Systems Research symposium (Beijing), the GLOW - First Global Women's Research conference (Liverpool) and the World Health Summit (Berlin), all in October this year, have been accepted for poster presentation. ICRHM and UEM have an oral presentation on findings for Mozambique at the XIV Jornadas Científicas de Saúde in Maputo in September. So, you may look for us at these events. (August 2012)

MOMI at the Integration for Impact conference

The MOMI project has been selected for a panel presentation at the Integration for Impact conference in Nairobi in September this year. This means that Christine Katingima, Gilda Gondola, Danielle Belemsaga and Gibson Masache are invited to present the current MOMI results in one panel session on September 13 (see draft programme). Irene Jao will also present research results on male involvement in family planning and HIV services in Kenya's Coast Province. (July 2012)

MOMI summer reading

The second MOMI newsletter is out and can be downloaded here. (June 2012)

MOMI at sensitisation event in Belgium

The MOMI project was present at the LuMiMa sensitisation event on May 10 in Ghent, Belgium. The poster was set up and during the quiz on MDGs 4 & 5 a question was asked by Christine Katingima. (May 2012)

MOMI Second Project Management team meeting

The second MOMI consortium and project management meeting was hosted by IRSS in Ouagadougou from Tuesday 21 February until Friday 24 February 2012. Progress of the first MOMI project year and activities for the second year were discussed thoroughly and a field visit was paid to the study site in Kaya. The article that was published in the local newspaper L'Observateur can be read here. (February 2012)

First MOMI newsletter

We are proud to present you the first MOMI newsletter and we plan to inform you regularly about project-related news. The newsletter can be downloaded here. (January 2012)

MOMI Kick off meeting

From Monday 14 until Wednesday 16 February 2011 the MOMI kick-off meeting took place in Ghent. During this meeting the main researchers involved in the MOMI project discussed the MOMI workplan for the first project year. (May 2011)
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