Whether the need is access to clean water, safe sanitation services, or a changing global health landscape, governments and partner organizations are working to secure safe and sustainable health system delivery across the developing world. Access to health care is especially crucial for women and children, as nutritional deficiencies during pregnancy challenge cognitive and human capital development for the generations that follow.
IMPAQ partners with practitioners to help design and evaluate programs that inform and promote better health policy decisions while empowering individuals, families, and communities. Here are a few examples of our work in global health and nutrition.
Evaluation of a School Nutrition Program in Burkina Faso
IMPAQ evaluated Catholic Relief Services’ Beoog Biiga (Tomorrow’s Child) program, which promotes improved nutrition and school attendance in select provinces of Burkina Faso. The final evaluation used a mixed-methods approach that included using both quantitative and qualitative methods to measure the impact of health, nutrition, and hygiene education on key health behaviors.
The investigation identified how successfully program goals were met and generated evidence to address the success of the program to improve student, teacher, school staff and local household knowledge and behavior about nutrition, health, and sanitation. IMPAQ identified best practices and lessons learned, which will be used to continue and/or scale up the program for future interventions. IMPAQ’s analysis supported the expansion of Beoog Biiga for another four years.
Researching Healthcare Screening Of Pregnant Women in Mexico
IMPAQ evaluated the AMANECE Project in Mexico, which applied an innovative prevention, health promotion, and care model to improve screening and health care use among pregnant women. The evaluation assessed the effectiveness of prenatal and post-neonatal screening programs as a means of detecting and managing early cases of fetal birth defects.
The IMPAQ team designed the evaluation, conducted surveys of women of childbearing age and health care providers, and analyzed demographic and health outcome data on program participants to assess program impacts. A group of local and international experts compiled survey and focus group results from healthcare professionals, pregnant women, and mothers with children under two years of age to produce a baseline report and determine the impact of the program.
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