The Maternal and Child Health Sustainable Technical Assistance and Research (MCH-STAR) is a five-year $13.8 Million initiative supported by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to improve policies, program approaches and resources in the areas of maternal, neonatal, child health and nutrition (MNCHN) in India.
The MCH-STAR Initiative aims to strengthen the capacity of Indian institutions in the areas of research and evaluation, policy analysis and advocacy, and in responsive technical assistance for MNCHN, so as to provide sustainable technical leadership of global standards.
In 2001, maternal and perinatal conditions represented the single largest contributor to the global burden of disease, at nearly 6 percent of total DALYs (Mathers and others 2004). Reducing that burden is widely stated as a priority at both national and international levels, but the track record of translating the rhetoric into action on a sufficiently large and equitable scale to make a difference at the population level remains disappointing. The literature abounds with examples of this disappointment (see, for example, Maine and Rosenfield 1999; Weil and Fernandez 1999). Many reasons account for the limited progress, especially in the poorest regions of the world, and researchers offer many interpretations of the bottlenecks. Lack of evidence on the size of the burden and on the effectiveness of alternative intervention strategies figures prominently in these interpretations.
via Maternal and Perinatal Conditions — Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries — NCBI Bookshelf.
There is a really extensive bibliography listed in this site.
Maternal death, or maternal mortality, is the death of a woman during or shortly after a pregnancy. More than half a million women die during pregnancy or childbirth every year, and many millions suffer from inadequately treated complications. About half of these deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa and about one third occur in South Asia – the two regions together account for about 85 per cent of all maternal deaths. In sub-Saharan Africa, a woman’s risk of maternal death is 1 in 22, compared with 1 in 8.000 in developed countries.
via Human Rights Facts (37): Maternal Mortality « P.A.P. Blog – Human Rights Etc..
The vast majority of maternal deaths – more than 99 per cent, according to the 2005 UN inter-agency estimates – occurred in developing countries. Half of these (265,000) took place in sub-Saharan Africa and another third (187,000) in South Asia. Between them, these two regions accounted for 85 per cent of the world’s pregnancy-related deaths in 2005. India alone had 22 per cent of the global total.
via DevInfo – di Facts.
A sketch of research projects at the meta level – potential PhD questions or areas of work. The idea of capacity development includes the development of research capacity-expertise in India. So these could be international research students.
What other projects could there be?
I was looking to create a network of experts – a network that will mirror what will be available in India. This will make for easy collaboration and for discipline or expertise orientated capacity development projects to be visualized.
Have I missed out a discipline?
There are a whole series of ways we currently work in Industrial Design – on design orientated projects and capacity development project. There are therefore a raft of agencies supporting the students, scholars and staff in their research. I have captured some of the dimensions in this mind map.
Are there other ways to enable the action research project?