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What is Dagu about?

The Dagu project is working on Developing Ethiopian excellence for public health evaluation: measurement, learning and evaluation of improved integrated community case management and community-based newborn care in Ethiopia.

Why are we doing this research?

Much progress has been made on reducing the number of child deaths in Ethiopia, but there is potential for further reductions if the use of primary health services can be increased.

How are we doing this research?

The Dagu project evaluates the Optimising the Health Extension Program in Ethiopia (OHEP) project that is addressing the critical under-utilisation of community-based services, particularly the use of Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) services and Community Based Newborn Care (CBNC) services. OHEP is led by the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health and implemented by UNICEF, PATH, Save the Children, and the Last 10 Kilometers Project, and Dagu is providing support for measurement, learning and evaluation.

Dagu collaborates closely with IDEAS – Informed Decisions of Actions in Maternal and Newborn Health to foster mutual capacity development for large-scale public health evaluation, working with four leading universities in Ethiopia; the University of Gondar, Hawassa University, Jimma University and Mekelle University, under the coordination of the Ethiopian Public Health Institute and supported by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The aim is that these universities will generate results that will empower demand creation innovations for iCCM and CBNC, and can be used by the Regional Health Bureaus for Amhara, Southern Nations & Nationalities Peoples (SNNP), Oromia and Tigray to make decisions for course correction.

The three strands of work Dagu is undertaking

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Why the name Dagu?

For the Afar people in northeast Ethiopia who mostly live in mobile, pastoralist communities, dagu is a traditional means of communication; a reliable verbal exchange for public news and information within the community 1. The Dagu team chose the name Dagu to reflect the important role of communication in this project.

The Dagu logo

The three interconnecting ovals suggest a swaddled baby and have a visual dynamism reflecting a coming together of the different aspects of the Dagu project and collaboration.

1 Menbere G, Skjerdal TS. The potential of dagu communication in north-eastern Ethiopia. Media Development. 1/2008; 19-21. http://cdn.agilitycms.com/wacc-global/Images/Galleries/RESOURCES/MD/MD_ARCHIVES_COVERS/MD_pdfs/MD-2008-1.pdf

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