MET-LSHTM will develop an evidence base in two main areas: Contextual analyses to better understand the private health sector and in-depth impact and process evaluations of MSD for Mothers interventions in Uganda, Senegal and India.

Specific research areas are:

  • Social Franchising case studies:  Case studies of three social franchising models for maternal health in India and Uganda to distil lessons learned and answer questions on cost and sustainability
  • The Nature of CompetitionContextual analyses to characterise of the market dynamics at play in providing private maternal health services in Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Secondary analysis to generate evidence (SAGE)Contextual analyses using Demographic and Health Surveys from over 60 countries to identify where women are seeking family planning, antenatal care and labour and delivery services, as well as the quality and equity of those services in the public and private sectors
  • Harmonised indicators (DATA): Assessing the value of routine data collection from private sector facilities including, where feasible, modelling the estimated maternal health impact of interventions


MET-LSHTM have developed strong research collaborations both at national and regional levels. At national levels, MET-LSHTM are working with the Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Senegal, PADRI in Uganda, and TRIOs, IMPACT partners and Sambodhi in India. At the regional level, MET-LSHTM have developed a collaboration with the East, Central and Southern African health community (ECSA) – a body that feeds data and information to Ministry of Health permanent secretaries and directors of health throughout the region.


Data quality survey team, Senegal