Reducing maternal and neo-natal mortality in Kerala

3ie has awarded a proposal preparation grant to the Institute for Financial Management and Research for designing an impact evaluation of a programme that aims to reduce maternal and neo-natal mortality in Kerala, India.

The programme is being implemented by the Department of Health at the Directorate of Health in Kerala, and in partnership with the National Rural Health Mission, Government of Kerala.

The impact evaluation proposal will be prepared in the next three months. The proposal will be reviewed and scored by at least one internal and three external reviewers. If the proposal is accepted, 3ie will award the research team a grant to conduct the impact evaluation under 3ie’s standard terms and conditions.

3ie had issued a request for qualifications from researchers for the preparation of this impact evaluation proposal. The call closed on 6 October 2013.

For more information on this call read the  Request for Qualifications (251.6 KB)


Compared to a national maternal mortality rate (MMR) of 221 deaths per 100,000 live births, the MMR in Kerala is estimated to be 81. The Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in Kerala is 13 as against the national figure of 47. However the state of Kerala is concerned that the rate of the decline of MMR has diminished and that IMR has been stagnant for more than a decade.

Interventions are now being designed to improve the quality standards of obstetric practice and neo-natal care in the state. The study that will be funded by 3ie will assess the impact of the revised method of managing obstetric and neo-natal care. The effectiveness of the newly developed protocols will be tested in government hospitals and also in private hospitals that decide to adopt these protocols.

At a glance

  • This request for qualifications closed on 6 October 2013.
  • Only institutions could apply for this grant. Individuals were not eligible.
  • The lead institution making the application had to be located in India, with national researchers as the lead PrincipaI Investigators.
  • This was a request for qualifications of a team that was interested in preparing the evaluation design.
  • The proposed budget should not have exceeded $20,000 for the proposal preparation costs.
  • The qualifications will be reviewed and scored by at least one internal reviewer, one external reviewer, and one representative of the implementing agency.

3ie’s Policy Window

The Policy Window Two grants programme is designed to fund impact evaluations that are commissioned by the policymakers and programme managers who implement development interventions.

For more information, please visit the Policy Window page.

© Dominic Sansoni / World Bank

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