Mapping existing knowledge resources in maternal, newborn and child health

"Mapping Existing Knowledge Resources in Maternal, Newborn and Child Health" is a project which aims to better understand the kind of maternal, newborn and child (MNCH) information Partnership members need, how they currently access information, and how access to information about MNCH can be improved to help achieve Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 – to reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality.

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) – a member of PMNCH - has been working with The Partnership on this project since July 2009. This is the first step in a larger piece of work - developing a Knowledge Management System - which is described in detail in the Partnership's three-year Strategy and Work Plan.

Focusing on The Partnership’s six constituencies and the 68 high-burden countries identified by the Countdown to 2015 Initiative, MSH will: Describe the demand for MNCH information by Partner members; Make an inventory of existing resources relevant to MNCH; Assess the added-value of these resources; Identify critical knowledge gaps in existing resources; Determine obstacles to accessing information; Create a dynamic visual representation of the links between information sources; and Provide recommendations which identify the scope of the future KMS.

An important component of this project is interviews and surveys of Partnership members in either a telephone interview or an email survey. Country visits have also been planned. MSH will also conduct a grey literature search electronic search.

A full description of the project is available in the powerpoint presentation available below.

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