Institute for Global Health


Missed Opportunities in Maternal and Infant Health (MOMI)

Missed Opportunities in Maternal and Infant Health (MOMI)/ Reducing maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity in the year after childbirth through combined facility and community-based intervention

Project Summary 

The main objective of this research project is to improve maternal and newborn health through a focus on the postpartum period, adopting context-specific strategies to strengthen health care delivery and services at both facility and community level in four sub-Saharan countries:  Burkina Faso, Kenya, Malawi and Mozambique.

This project focuses on postpartum health care delivery for mothers and newborns in four sub-Saharan countries and will highlight two particular aspects of health care delivery: facility-based care with a focus on child health clinics and community-based care using Community Health Workers. We use the term 'postpartum' to refer to the first year after childbirth.

The 'Missed Opportunities in Maternal and Infant Health' research project is based on the hypothesis that there are significant missed opportunities for improving maternal and child health which could be prevented and that an improved configuration of, and emphasis on, postpartum services will reduce maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality. The research will examine how postpartum services could best be organised to reduce maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality and be provided within existing health systems and constraints.

The aim of the study is to strengthen integrated postpartum health care delivery by conducting health system research in a district (or sub-district) of four sub-Saharan Africa countries: Burkina Faso, Kenya, Malawi and Mozambique. Studies will be conducted to investigate the impact of postpartum health care delivery as well as the determinants of effective and sustainable improvements of health care delivery at scale. This implies a greater research focus on health systems and services rather than on the clinical interventions per se.

Links to other research

Other research from IGH in Burkina FasoKenyaMalawi and Mozambique