The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Institute for International Programs will lead a five-year, $17-million program to help the Canadian government measure the impact of its maternal and child health programming around the world.
The program is part of the Canadian government’s initiative to improve accountability for maternal and child health investments. Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development announced the project as part of its broader commitment to ensure that maternal, newborn, and child health remains a global priority beyond 2015.
In collaboration with the Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, the Bloomberg School will develop a set of tools that will help the government collect better and more complete data about its global health programs. This information, in turn, will help policymakers make better decisions about where and how to invest funds to save the lives of vulnerable women and children across the world.
“By collecting better data, we can save more lives,” says Dr. Jennifer Bryce, a senior scientist in the Bloomberg School’s department of international health and the head of the new project. “If we know which programs work best, we can replicate and expand them to reach more women and children. This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of.”