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Access To Skilled Care

Children in the slums of Kolkata, India, after receiving a cholera vaccine. ©2009 Chelsea Solmo, Courtesy of Photoshare

Access To Skilled Care

Of the many barriers to healthcare access, many are related to the availability of healthcare infrastructure or patients’ ability to financially and physically access services. Our research, however, focuses on overcoming the non-infrastructural barriers to healthcare access, such as: making services more responsive to the population, improving the perceived quality of services, and ensuring vulnerable groups are reached. TRAction research thus seeks to encourage access by all to skilled care.

Behavior Change Communication and mHealth

Globally, the explosion of mobile phone technology presents great potential for information dissemination and behavior change. In Bangladesh, a rapidly evolving landscape of technology & social media is poised to bring about societal change at unprecedented rates, in the context of a society with persistent & strong traditional values. Proliferation of mobile technology has also increased accessibility of geographically isolated populations. TRAction seeks to exploit these opportunities and is working to generate evidence on the effectiveness of mobile technology as a medium to disseminate health messages in the areas of maternal and adolescent health. 

Equitable Healthcare Access

Maasai mothers attend a mother/child clinic in rural Tanzania
Equitable Healthcare Access

Equity in health service delivery ensures the provision of quality health care to all people irrespective of their social class, ethnicity, gender, or geographical area.  TRAction is funding the development of descriptive case studies that explore the implementation and/or scale-up of targeting interventions to improve equity in access and utilization of maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) services in low-income settings where quality health services are available, but access is limited among vulnerable populations.

Respectful Maternal Care

Photo of Mothers and babies at Kabaoni health center in Ifakara Tanzania, Photoshare
Respectful Maternal Care

The global community is pushing for facility-based deliveries by skilled birth attendants. However, some women who give birth in facilities are subjected to disrespect and abuse. Learn more about TRAction's efforts to advance respectful maternal care by: measuring the prevalence of disrespect and abuse, carrying out implementation research, and promoting advocacy efforts.

 

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