The British Council and its project partners have secured an extension to the DFID- and AusAID-funded Maternal and Newborn Health Research and Advocacy Fund programme in Pakistan. Previously due to end in March 2014, the programme will now run until March 2015 and will deliver a range of new objectives. 

This extension utilises funds from within the current programme budget, and follows on from the latest reviews that indicate the programme can and will make a key contribution to the overall goal of reducing maternal and neo-natal mortality in Pakistan.

The programme manages a portfolio of grant funding for research and advocacy projects to improve maternal and newborn health service provision, particularly for the poor, marginalised and disadvantaged. It forms part of the Government of Pakistan’s National Maternal and Newborn Child Health programme, running since 2007.

Key areas to be covered in the extension include:

  • Ensuring the existing portfolio of projects is concluded effectively with strategic use of remaining grant funding and strong translation through to evidence findings
  • Focusing support on a targeted range of new advocacy projects to achieve maximum impact
  • Scoping and delivering a range additional capacity building provisions to the sector, particularly in areas such as advocacy, communications and leadership
  • Undertaking an innovative pilot study into measurements of maternal mortality ratios, a key health outcome indicator for the Government of Pakistan.
  • Consolidating the programme’s achievements to ensure sustainability and a strong legacy. 

The British Council has successfully managed the programme since its inception in 2008, working alongside Social Development Direct, Ipact (University of Aberdeen) and RIZ Consulting. This extension is a chance to build on the significant achievements the programme has made to date, and is a recognition of the influence it has had on the sector in both Pakistan and on the international stage.

Read our project case study.

Visit the Research and Fund website.