Born On Time: A Public-Private Partnership for the Prevention of Preterm Birth

Reporting Organization:World Vision Canada
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 30,600,000
Timeframe: March 11, 2016 - March 31, 2021
Status: Implementation
Contact Information: Marie Bettings
[email protected]

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

World Vision Canada

Participating Organizations

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Bangladesh - $ 10,202,040.00 (33.34%)

Ethiopia - $ 10,198,980.00 (33.33%)

Mali - $ 10,198,980.00 (33.33%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Reproductive Health & Rights incl. Maternal Health (40 %)

Primary Health Care (35 %)

Health Systems, Training & Infrastructure (25 %)

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Despite progress on reducing child mortality, newborn mortality is declining at a slower pace and preterm birth complications is the single most significant cause of newborn mortality. This project aims to contribute to the reduction of preterm birth rates through an integrated approach addressing lifestyle, infection, nutrition and contraception (LINC) factors. Through a health consortium – led by World Vision Canada, and including Plan Canada and Save the Children Canada – this project is addressing the LINC factors in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Mali to reduce the incidence of preterm birth and its related complications. Project activities include: (1) training of facility healthcare workers and community health workers on high quality care for pregnant women and newborns; (2) upgrading of health facilities and provision of essential supplies; (3) strengthening of referral systems by providing training to front line service providers; (4) conducting outreach activities to address knowledge gaps related to healthy pregnancies and prevention of preterm birth; (5) empowering women’s self-confidence, negotiation and leadership skills by conducting awareness raising at the community level (6) improving data collection and registration on birth, death and still birth by providing training to health care providers and updating reporting tools; (7) documenting and sharing of evidence-based best practices with regional and national policy and decision makers.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Adult men Adolescent females Adolescent males Newborns
Total Direct Population: 2,069,861
Total Indirect Population: 1,898,485
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Facility-based health care providers trained on ANC, safe/clean delivery, PNC and neonatal care
Facility-based health care providers trained to deliver gender-responsive, adolescent friendly maternal and reproductive health services
Selected health facilities upgraded and equipped with the appropriate equipment, supplies, and job aids
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) Improved availability of maternal, newborn and reproductive health services to prevent and care for preterm births; (2) Increased utilization of maternal, newborn and reproductive health services to prevent and care for preterm births; and (3) Enhanced utilization of evidence-based, gender-specific information on preterm birth data for decision making at various levels of the health system.

In 2019, Born on Time made significant strides towards implementing effective approaches that address the risk factors associated with preterm birth and improving care for premature babies. This included the training and support of 12,393 health-care providers and community health workers, as well as supporting the provision of prenatal services to 206,879 pregnant women and adolescent girls, skilled delivery to 119,775 pregnant women and adolescent girls, newborn care to 111,133 neonates and family planning to 637,477 adolescents and adults.

Across all countries, community leaders and members have been mobilized to raise awareness on preterm birth prevention and response, including issues of gender-based violence and gender equality. These community-based activities, including peer-to-peer adolescent groups, male engagement groups and community relays, have cumulatively reached more than 841,067 adolescents 11 to 19 years old and more than 1.18 million adults 20 to 49 years of age.

Achieved Results


MNCH-related indicators
  • %/total of mothers, and %/total of babies, who received postnatal care within two days of childbirth
  • %/total of women attended at least four times during pregnancy by any provider for reasons related to the pregnancy
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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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