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Working together with London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

With Pamoja’s support the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine wrote a summary briefing of a longer research paper which was published and disseminated to researchers and policy makers. This ensured that new evidence from India’s Janani Suraksha Yojana programme on maternal health was made accessible to a broad range of stakeholders.

 

Background

There are 68,000 maternal deaths and 1.8 million deaths among children under five every year in India; no other country accounts for a larger proportion of global maternal and child mortality. If current trends continue India will not meet its own health targets or MDGs 4 and 5. In an effort to improve population uptake of maternal health services, the Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY), or “Safe Motherhood Scheme” in English, was launched in 2005. It is a nationwide scheme which provides cash incentives to women who give birth in a public health facility or with an accredited private health provider.

Academics from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Institute of Human Development, New Delhi – Tim Powell-Jackson, Sumit Mazumdar and Anne Mills – conducted research that looked at: whether the JSY was effective in increasing use of maternal health services; whether the impact of the JSY varied according to the socioeconomic characteristics of the woman involved and the quality of health care providers; and any unintended consequences of the programme.

 Achieving great things together!

Pamoja worked with Tim in order to summarise a longer research paper into an impactful and accessible policy briefing. Together we designed a branded template for this briefing and sourced images and graphics to make the data attractive and compelling. The template was created so that it can be manipulated by staff at the School and adapted for future short communications.

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