Personally, I’m tired of reading the same old rants about policy and planning and what governments and donors should do to reduce maternal deaths. Other than more and better evaluation to find out how and why packages of interventions work, why not try something new like the COD Aid idea from my colleagues at CGD? As I think through (with several colleagues in and outside of CGD) the possibility of applying this fresh thinking to maternal and neonatal mortality, the many challenges about addressing maternal mortality—weak health systems for service delivery and measurement—loom large.
Another nugget from the same post – this time highlighting the diversity of perspectives from essentially a centre to periphery, or top to bottom – which then raises the issue of local action being about something else entirely. The normal local practice – will be about managing individuals and communities – for health outcomes.