Implementation research in maternal and newborn health

The Emergency Obstetric Care and Quality of Care Unit is widely regarded as a leading global institution for implementation research in maternal and newborn health.

Implementation research (IR) is the scientific study of the processes used in the implementation of initiatives, as well as the contextual factors affecting these processes (WHO).

IR is embedded in each of our four programmes in Kenya; throughout these, we focus on identifying ‘what works, why and how’ regarding improving the availability and quality of care for women and babies in Kenya. 

Our Implementation Research in Kenya includes:   

  • Quality of Care at time of birth– exploring the perceptions of women who received care and healthcare providers providing maternity care
  • Assessing the use of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure in neonates in Kenya
  • Community health workers for maternal and newborn health: case studies from the field
  • Exploring factors influencing implementation of MPDSR in Kenya
  • Assessing Health Systems Governance for facilities designated to provide Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care in Kenya