Maternal and Child Health in Bangladesh and Malawi

I just returned from an evaluation of a two-country, 3.5 year Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) project funded through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) and carried out by World Renew in Bangladesh and Malawi. Maternal and neonatal/infant mortality in these countries, although improving, remain high, as does the number [...]

The First Step: Meeting with Project Directors and Consultants

I met with the project directors from CRWRC and EFICOR as well as the consultant who wrote the final Knowledge, Practice and Coverage report. We analyzed the final data and discussed possible interpretations. Because nearly all of the objectives of the project were met, it was a pleasant meeting. What a joy it is to [...]

Final Evaluation of Child Survival Grant in Jharkhand

I am leading the final evaluation of a Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) child survival grant. I have arrived in Kolkata, India for review meetings with some of the project staff from Evangelical Fellowship of India Commission on Relief (EFICOR), CRWRC and an Indian consultant. After that initial step we will board the train [...]

MDG 4: Reduce Child Mortality

The 4th Millennium Development Goal (MDG) is to reduce by two-thirds the under-five mortality rate. Progress towards reducing child mortality has improved substantially over the last 20 years. In September 2009, a New York Times article reported that the number of children dying before their fifth birthday had dropped below nine million per year for [...]

MDG 2: Achieve Universal Primary Education

The second Millennium Development Goal (MDG) seeks to ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling. However, according to the 2010 MDG Report, it is unlikely that the Goal will be achieved globally by 2015. In order to achieve universal primary education, [...]

Achieving the Millennium Development Goals

The United Nation’s Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) came to a close about two weeks ago. With only five years remaining to achieve the eight anti-poverty goals, world leaders committed to a new global action plan based on lessons learned over the past ten years. One of the biggest commitments during the three-day [...]

Success and Sustainability

Today we finished the final evaluation for HOPE worldwide’s Child Survival Program. It’s always difficult to summarize the experiences of a four-year program, but our dedicated evaluation team was up to the challenge. The primary objective of this evaluation was to discover how the implementation of key strategies and activities led to successful results. Some [...]

Evidence of Success

We are nearing completion of the midterm evaluation for the CRWRC Child Survival Project (also known as the Parivartan Project, which means “transformation” in Hindi). Our train leaves Sahibganj station this evening for Kolkata from where we will fly to Delhi. Yesterday, thirty project field staff from throughout the District gathered to discuss evaluation recommendations [...]

Observations from the Field

We have returned from visits to 12 villages in 9 sub-districts (or blocks) in Sahibganj where we collected evaluation data. We spoke with government officials, nurse midwives, community health workers, village health committees, health providers, and trained traditional birth attendants to gain a fuller understanding of the midterm survey results as well as how to [...]