New TRAction RFA for Research on Recognition, Referral, Responses for Maternal; Neonatal Complications

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By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultant

The Translating Research into Action (TRAction) Project is inviting applications for case studies documenting interventions that have sought to improve the recognition and response to maternal and/or newborn complications at the household or community level, along with referral and health facility responses.

From the TRAction Project:

 The TRAction Project has issued a Request Applications (RFA) to document community-oriented efforts aimed at improving recognition of and appropriate care-seeking for perceived maternal and/or newborn complications.

TRAction will fund the development of descriptive mixed method case studies that explore the implementation of these interventions. For the purpose of this proposal, a descriptive case study should answer the “how” and “why” questions around how changes are achieved (or not achieved) in a particular context, using a mixed-methods approach. These case studies will include an assessment of the obstacles, opportunities, and enabling factors that influenced the intervention, including secondary data analyses. The case studies will be shared with national, regional and global decision-makers, program implementers, researchers, and stakeholders to improve recognition and appropriate care seeking interventions.

Applicants must be program implementers working in the field of RMNCH or research institutions working in partnership with program implementers who are currently implementing or recently completed an intervention or program to improve recognition of and care seeking for maternal and newborn complications in a LMIC (see full RFA for list of eligible countries). Projects or research studies with both successful and unsuccessful approaches are encouraged to apply.   The application includes a brief description of the intervention and the strategy used to implement it, results and availability of evidence/data sources as well as and future plans for scale-up. TRAction anticipates making 2-4 awards of approximately $100,000 – $125,000 each.

Applications should be submitted by September 27, 2013 to

For more details, read the full RFA.