Scaling Up Survive and Thrive Action Interventions (SUSTAIN). Implementering av en evidensbaseradebaserade social innovation för kvinnors och barns hälsa i Etiopien och Rwanda

Tidsperiod: 2019-01-01 till 2020-12-31

Projektledare: Anna Bergström

Medarbetare: Lars-Åke Persson, Leif Eriksson, Mats Målqvist, Amare Worku Tadesse

Finansiär: Vetenskapsrådet

Bidragstyp: Stöd till forskningsmiljö

Budget: 688 750 SEK

The first 1,000 days of life, before and after birth, is the period with the most profound consequences for short- and long-term health. This period carries the burden of an annual 300,000 maternal deaths, 2,6 million stillbirths, and 4 million infant deaths. Furthermore, long-term consequences for the surviving but affected newborns include impaired cognitive development and increased risk of future chronic diseases. The period from onset of pregnancy to two years of age thus provides a unique window of opportunity to establish a solid foundation for survival, health, growth, and cognitive development.Low-income countries that were successful in the past few decades to expand primary health services and reduce child mortality now face new challenges. To further increase the chances for children to survive and thrive there is a need for communities to engage in the health and welfare of the mother-and-child dyad and primary health services to respond to these needs with quality services. There is well-researched evidence that the use of facilitated participatory groups is an effective social innovation but no large scale-up of this promising innovation has so far taken place.The current application aims to support the establishment of the multi-disciplinary SUSTAIN network that aim to develop and test social innovations across diverse health system settings to improve the health and survival during the first 1,000 days of life.