E4A mission:

Evidence for Action (E4A) is a five year programme which aims to improve maternal and newborn survival in six sub-Saharan countries. Funded by the UK Department for International Development, it focuses on using better information and improved advocacy and accountability to save lives in Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Tanzania.

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About | Background | Our approach  

Evidence for Action combines the specialised skills of researchers, advocates and accountability groups within a unified strategy to increase the responsiveness of health systems, to better meet the needs of mothers and babies, thus improving health outcomes and survival.

Our approach is based on the assumption that improved use of robust evidence, combined with sustained and locally-driven advocacy efforts to hold governments to account for political and systems failures, is necessary to drive rapid systemic change. To this end, we are:

  • Organising and using existing evidence and information strategically as a tool for influence, mobilisation, action and change
  • Motivating and empowering stakeholders and activists in their work to promote and implement change
  • Acting as a catalyst to motivate change
  • Challenging negative attitudes, such as apathy or resigned acceptance of ‘inevitability’ of deaths in pregnancy and childbirth, and promote positive ones which enhance the role and status of women.

E4A has launched locally-driven advocacy campaigns – known as MamaYe – in Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Tanzania.

These campaigns will engage the African public to take action to help save the lives of mothers and babies.

The campaign has a clear focus on survival and positive stories rather than a resigned social acceptance of death in pregnancy and childbirth which is common throughout Africa.

In addition to the focused activities in each of the six countries, appropriate regional bodies will also be supported to strengthen and provide an echo for country level work, including: