Undertaking a complex evaluation of safe motherhood in rural Burkina Faso

Wendy J. Graham, S. Ghislaine Conombo, D. Sosthene Zombre, Nicolas Meda, Peter Byass, Vincent De Brouwere

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Evaluations of composite health interventions, such as those attempting to make motherhood safer, are by definition complex, but nevertheless regarded as essential to informing progress in global health. This paper introduces a series of reports which set out the basis of Family Care International's Skilled Care Initiative in rural Burkina Faso, go on to describe strategies and methods for evaluating it, and present evaluation findings in terms of pregnancy outcomes, utilisation and effects of the intervention and economics. Although there were encouraging findings, no 'magic bullets' emerged from these studies, illustrating the reality that sustained and increasing resources are needed to achieve safe motherhood for all. There is no cheap or short-cut solution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Issue numberS1
Early online date10 Jun 2008
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008


  • complex evaluation
  • safe motherhood strategies
  • skilled attendance at delivery
  • reducing maternal mortality
  • strategies


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