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 EOI for Research Study on Health System Strengthening
 NIPI Secretariat

 Last Date: August 26, 2011
 Email: (Reference:



Over 4 million infants die within the first 28 days of life mostly in the developing countries. Three quarters of these deaths occur within the first week of life and 24-25 percent occur within the first 24 hours after birth[1]. It is accepted that a high percentage of maternal and newborn deaths can be prevented by providing pregnant women with access to skilled caregivers and a number of proven, effective and timely interventions for both mothers and newborns[2].

In this context, the Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) is designed as a Partnership to provide catalytic and strategic support to the flagship health programme of Government of India - National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). The overall objective of NIPI is to enable India attain the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4 viz,, Reduce by two thirds the mortality rate among children under five.

NIPI focuses in five Empowered Action Group (EAG) States viz., Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. These 5 EAG Focus States contribute to approximately 60 percent of the total child mortality in India.

Main Objectives of Research Study on Health System Strengthening

Research objective:

NIPI Secretariat, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) invites expression of interest from reputed research agencies to

ยท                  Identify enabling factors, barriers and principal drivers for community participation through Village Health & Sanitation Committee & Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRIs) in health service delivery & utilization and quality assurance for maternal, newborn and child health. Study and describe some of the following factors:

o   Incentives (financial & non financial)

o   Caste relations

o   Social Values & Norms

o   Political structure (decentralisation)

o   Study and document some of the prevalent best practices of community participation leading to improved maternal, newborn and child health.

Geographical focus: Focus on 2 Districts in NIPI states and one District in a non NIPI Intervention State.


Interested agencies may kindly submit their expression of interest with their agency profile and past experience in conducting such surveys by Friday 26 August 2011, 1700 hours to   

Only research agencies based in India, having long standing experience in public health research will be eligible for the assignment. Collaborations with Norwegian Research Institutes are desirable and those agencies wanting to collaborate send in the request to  for further support.

[1] Lawn J. et al. 4 million neonatal deaths: when? Where? Why?, The Lancet, Neonatal Survival Series, March 2005. 9-18. 

[2] Darmstadt G, et al. Evidence- based, cost effective interventions: how many newborn babies can we save?, The Lancet, Neonatal Survival Series, March 2005. 19-30


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