Project profile — Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa (IMCHA)

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Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa (IMCHA) - Overview
IDRC - International Development Research Centre (CA-CRA_ACR-2107511586)
2014-03-14 - 2022-04-30
Country / region • Uganda (5.14%)
• Ethiopia (10.80%)
• Kenya (0.55%)
• Burkina Faso (2.07%)
• Senegal (9.66%)
• Mozambique (9.65%)
• Nigeria (12.31%)
• South Sudan (9.99%)
• Mali (9.61%)
• Malawi (10.42%)
• Tanzania (19.80%)
Sector • Health, General
Medical research (12182) (50.00%)
• Basic Health
Basic health care (12220) (50.00%)
Policy marker • Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (principal objective)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
Description and results


This project aims to generate solutions to critical maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) challenges, and to support the uptake of research findings into policies and programs that result in strengthened primary health care systems. The project funds 19 teams conducting 28 implementation research projects in 11 sub-Saharan African countries. Implementation research informs the implementation of health policies and programs. The 11 countries include Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. Research teams are composed of a principal investigator based at an African institution; a Canadian co-principal investigator from a research institution in Canada; and a decision-maker with management authority from the local, district or national health service. These teams work to explore how innovative interventions can be implemented and scaled up to improve health equity for women and children. The project also funds two health policy and research organizations – one in West Africa and one in East Africa – to facilitate connections between researchers and decision-makers, strengthen research capacity among the teams, and promote knowledge translation of the research results. The project is jointly-funded by Global Affairs Canada, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Expected results

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) enhanced production, analyses and syntheses of health systems implementation research prioritizing gender and equity; (2) enhanced partnering and collaboration between decision makers and researchers on health systems strengthening in the selected countries; and (3) enhanced integration of health systems research findings into primary health care policies and practice in selected countries.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of April 2022 include: (1) produced 153 implementation research analyses and syntheses integrating a gender or equity perspective on strengthening health systems strengthening for better maternal, newborn and child health; (2) provided training, networking and exchange opportunities for 1662 people to improve collaboration among African researchers and decision-makers as well as Canadian researchers to strengthen health systems; (3) promoted 153 evidence-based recommendations to improve primary health care policies and practices for better maternal, newborn and child health in sub-Saharan Africa.



Original budget $0
Planned Disbursement $0
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