Table 1

The study phases



Design Phase

Writing of the study proposal and seeking ethical approval

Sensitization of leaders in the study area

Needs assessment of the health facilities in the study area

Survey of transport providers

Exploratory research

Preparation of the intervention material: manuals, vouchers

Baseline household survey

Training of health workers

Preparation of facilities

Pilot Intervention Phase

Piloting of the intervention in one HSD

Review of pilot intervention results

Intervention Phase

Distribution of vouchers to all pregnant women reporting to the facility

Field supervision, and support supervision performance

Audit of complications, maternal and neonatal deaths

Post Intervention Phase

Collection of additional data required for the evaluation of the effectiveness of the intervention: Household survey, focus group discussions, key informant (KI) interviews

Estimate the cost of the intervention

Dissemination Phase

Data entry and data analysis

Report writing


Ekirapa-Kiracho et al. BMC International Health and Human Rights 2011 11(Suppl 1):S11   doi:10.1186/1472-698X-11-S1-S11

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