Maternal health research in CIET

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CIET has worked in many countries on a range of maternal, newborn and child health issues, from early childhood nutrition in Nepal to reproductive health in the Maldives.

In Nigeria, two states, Bauchi and Cross River, are improving their health information and planning systems by focusing on maternal, newborn and child health outcomes rather than service provision as part of our Nigeria social audits.

CIET has worked in Mexico on the Safe Birth in Cultural Safety project. This pilot randomised controlled trial is aimed at improving the health of mothers and newborn health in indigenous communities in a way that respects and strengthens local cultures and traditional midwifery.

The Maldives Reproductive Health Survey consisted of a baseline survey in 1999, and a follow-up survey in 2004. The surveys interviewed a representative sample of over 2,000 households and over 1,000 young people aged 15-24 years on topics such as antenatal care, visits of family health workers and availability of reproductive health services.

The second cycle of the Community Voice in Planning initiative in Pakistan, The Bond of Care, explored the connection between women’s rights and child rights. This CIET survey identified what actionable components of care could translate into improved child survival, protection and development in a way that enables planners to compare alternative interventions in terms of their cost-effectiveness.

In Nepal, two cycles of the Multiple Indicator Surveillance project focused on maternal and child health topics – Early Childhood Feeding, Nutrition and Development in 1996, and Care During Pregnancy in 1997.

For more information on all of CIET’s worked related to maternal, newborn and child health, visit our pages on the following initiatives:


Left: A CIET fieldworker interviews a woman, Guadalupe Victoria, Mexico, 2012 Right: A focus group of women discuss maternal health, Bauchi state, Nigeria, 2010





University seminar series

Public lectures across Canada on maternal, newborn and child health. Read More

Equity in maternal health

A short IDRC video that addresses equity in maternal health in Nigeria. Read More

Safe birth in cultural safety

In Nigeria and Mexico, we work to assure safe birth in cultural safety. Visit our Safe Birth website



Maternal health social audit

Intervention gallery

CIET methods documentary