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Johns Hopkins: Gates Institute Awarded Two Grants To Collect Actionable Data on Family Planning and Maternal and Newborn Health in Africa and Asia

The Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has been awarded two new grants — totaling $22.1 million — by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to implement longitudinal surveys to fill data gaps — collecting information not currently measured by other large-scale surveys. The innovative survey design makes it possible to track key health indicators and the factors that drive changes in them.

The new projects, Performance Monitoring for Action (PMA) and Performance Monitoring for Action Ethiopia (PMA Ethiopia), use mobile technology and a network of trained female resident enumerators (data collectors) to conduct household and health facility interviews to collect national and sub-national data on use, access and availability of family planning and other reproductive health services. The surveys will be conducted on an annual basis and will follow up with a selected cohort of women each year. The Gates Institute’s lead partner in managing and implementing the PMA project is Jhpiego, a Johns Hopkins University affiliate and global health nonprofit working in more than 30 countries.

The Gates Institute’s Dr. Scott Radloff will direct the multi-country PMA project and Dr. Linnea Zimmerman is the project’s principal investigator.

This new work will build on the success of Gates Institute’s Performance Monitoring for Accountability 2020 project. PMA2020 is known for its network of well-trained, female data collectors, rapid turn around of data and frequent data-collection intervals.

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