In the developing world, mothers and children continue to die and suffer significant illness from preventable causes.
Much of this poor health could be alleviated by improved access to quality reproductive and child health information and services including family planning, pregnancy and delivery care, postnatal and newborn care, vaccinations, management of childhood illnesses and nutritional support.
Burnet Institute has a strong record of working towards better access to health care for mothers and their children by conducting innovative medical and public health research, strengthening service delivery systems and empowering communities.
Research and Public Health Focus
As a partner in the Women’s and Children’s Health Knowledge Hub, we undertook research to strengthen evidence for effective health interventions for adolescent girls, pregnant women and children
Prevention of unintended pregnancies, with a particular emphasis on adolescents, will focus on PNG, Melanesia (Vanuatu and Solomon Islands), Timor-Leste and Indonesia
Care of pregnant women and babies, focusing on community-based approaches in PNG Burma, Lao PDR and Southern/Eastern Africa.
A GIFT (Genital Inflammation Test) for HIV Prevention Developing a biomarkers point-of-care test to identify women with genital inflammation who are at high risk of HIV acquisition
Accelerating access to postnatal care and chlorhexidine in PNG Scaling-up implementation and education relating to the postnatal period and introducing chlorhexidine for use by families.
Accelerating Immunisation and Health System Strengthening (AIHSS) Reducing vaccine preventable death and disease through boosting routine immunisation service delivery and outreach
Access Point Of Care Initiative Increasing access to life-saving treatments for infectious diseases through point-of-care tests.
ANCP: Improving maternal and child health outcomes in Myanmar Addressing critical gaps in health service delivery and health care seeking behaviour.
Broadly neutralising anti-HIV antibodies and Fc Receptor function Defining the properties of anti-HIV antibodies for vaccine development and protection of pregnant women.
Burnet Microbiome Initiative Pilot study to characterise the vaginal microbiome in women from the HMHB cohort.
Collaborative Community Checklists for Immunisation (CCCI) Adapting the WHO Immunisation Checklist to increase the uptake of immunisation in Myanmar.
Decision science using Optima Research and applications across disease areas to improve allocative efficiency.
Development of a point-of-care test for neonatal sepsis Aimed at enabling healthcare workers to provide initial diagnosis in resource-constrained settings.
Discovering the mechanisms and targets of immunity against malaria Identifying the key targets of protective immunity in people who live in malaria-endemic regions.
Engaging men to improve family health and prevent gender-based violence ANCP project to contribute to the improvement of the health of men, their families and communities.
Evaluating a highly sensitive rapid malaria diagnostic in PNG HS-RDT MiP in PNG: Testing performance of a novel high sensitivity rapid diagnostic malaria test in pregnant women.
Evaluating the WHO Labour Care Guide in clinical settings A mixed-methods study in six countries evaluating the “next generation” partograph for managing labour and childbirth.
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies A collaborative research program aimed at providing life-saving health care for women and children in PNG.
HMHB - Health Services for Postnatal and Infancy Care Focuses on services during postnatal period and through the first 12 months in East New Britain, PNG.
HMHB: Quality of Pregnancy, Childbirth and Newborn Health Services Study The ‘Gutpela Sevis’ study uses a participatory, partnership defined approach to improve care in East New Britain.
HMHB: The impact of nutrition, malaria and STIs on pregnant women and infants Determining the major preventable causes of poor maternal health and low birth weight of babies in PNG.
Immunity to malaria and infectious diseases during pregnancy How are pregnant women affected by infectious diseases such as malaria?
Immunity, drug efficacy and spread of antimalarial drug resistance Identifying immune biomarkers to predict antimalarial efficacy is essential.
Improved point-of-care test to eliminate congenital syphilis Optimising and validating an innovative test to enable immediate treatment at the point of care.
Inequalities in sexual and reproductive health in Asia and the Pacific Despite progress to improve sexual and reproductive health in the region, significant inequalities in health outcomes and access to essential care remain.
Iron deficiency anaemia and adverse birth outcomes in a malaria-endemic region of Papua New Guinea What is the prevalence of iron deficiency anaemia, how is it associated with adverse birth outcomes, and is the association modified by malaria?
New approaches to the treatment of lupus Research into an early intervention diagnostic test for Lupus, which is particularly dangerous to women.
Predicting quality and potency of monoclonal and natural antibodies Rapid, simple and scalable assays for predicting antibody potency.
Sexual and reproductive health in Asia and the Pacific A review of issues, policies and programmes.
Stakeholder experiences of father engagement interventions in low- and middle-income countries A qualitative review informing global guidance on how father engagement interventions can improve maternal and newborn health and gender equality.
The Mbereko + Men Model: Rural Zimbabwe A community-based program to improve MNCH services, care and support in the home. Past Projects
Accelerating ART initiation among Infants (AAMI Study) This project will trial the POC VISITECT® CD4 test and POC LYNX HIV p24 early infant diagnostic test.
Access to CD4 (VISITECT® CD4) testing among HIV-infected women in Kenya An accessible CD4 (VISITECT® CD4) test for HIV-infected pregnant and postpartum women in Kenya.
Adolescent reproductive health in Myanmar Adolescent reproductive health in Myanmar
ANCP Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies The sustainability and expansion phase of the ANCP Healthy Mothers, Health Babies project.
ANCP/LXML Maternal and Child Health Program This project aimed to improve the nutrition and health of women and children in southern Laos.
Assessing adolescent friendly health services in Nepal Young people in Nepal have poor access to quality, non-discriminatory health services.
Call Centre Impact Assessment for Marie Stopes International Development of a framework and testing at call centres in Mexico City.
Characterising the cause of human inflammation in autoimmune disease Antibodies activate and modulate normal immunity but can also trigger destructive information.
Compass: Women's and Children's Health Knowledge Hub To increase the effectiveness of aid for women’s and children’s health in Asia and the Pacific
Discovery of new cell surface biomarkers of Th17 and Th1 cells We are researching the cause of inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
Document the Lessons Learnt from the Joint Initiative on Maternal Neonatal and Child Health (JIMNCH), Ayerwady Region, Myanmar. 2013 The Joint Initiative for Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health was a collaborative programme aiming to increase access to maternal and child health services in areas most affected by Cyclone Nargis
Evaluation of the Joint Initiative for Maternal Newborn and Child Health in Myanmar Burnet led the evaluation of this United Nations program for maternal newborn and child health.
FcgR Function in cellular responses to malaria parasites Understanding how antibodies protect against malaria is crucial to vaccine development.
Improving facility-based MCH services for women in the Rushinga District, Zimbabwe Reducing maternal and neonatal deaths via improved quality and uptake of facility-based MCH care.
Increasing demand and uptake of quality, facility-based services, Zimbabwe Reducing maternal and neonatal deaths in Manicaland Province, Zimbabwe.
LXML Mother and Child Health Project Aimed to improve the health of mothers and children in 12 villages near the LXML mine in Vilabouly district.
Ma Ma Oo - Maternal and Child Health Radio Series Myanmar Establishing a health radio program for effective community messaging regarding maternal and child health.
Male participation in improving maternal and newborn health: A community based intervention in Myanmar Demonstrating the feasibility of increasing male involvement in Maternal, Newborn and Children's Health and to enable men to protect and promote the health of their families.
Maternal Neonatal and Child Health support in Magway Region, Myanmar Improved MCH services via support to Township Health Departments and community based interventions.
MNCH support in Myanmar's Northern Shan State This project involves Namhsam, Namtu and Manton townships.
Office of Development Effectiveness’ evaluation of child nutrition This program will assess how Australian aid policy and programming responds to child undernutrition and develop recommendations to improve its response.
Pathways to post abortion care in Myanmar Understanding women's perspectives on accessing post-abortion care at public hospitals.
Performance of a low-cost, rapid point-of-care CD4 test in resource-constrained settings This simple test could help prevent delayed initiation of antiretroviral interventions.
Perspectives of an inhaled oxytocin intervention for the prevention of postpartum haemorrhage This study will guide the development and facilitate the future implementation of inhaled oxytocin in three diverse country settings.
Preventing hepatitis B starts at birth – best practices and needs This project researched international evidence in birth-dose vaccination against hepatitis B, resulting in a WHO good practice guide, a global consultation and linked advocacy events.
Promoting WASH-nutrition integration in Cambodia A stakeholder consultation to identify barriers to the efforts to improve WASH and nutrition.
Reducing Community Vulnerability to HIV/AIDS (RCVHA), 2004-2010 APAC program
Strategies to reduce malnutrition with allocative efficiency analyses Malnutrition is responsible for over three million child deaths each year.
Strengthening Sexual and Reproductive Health Capacity in Bali This project is aimed at building capacity around Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and strengthening links between SRH and HIV prevention care and support
Systematic review of strategies for male involvement in maternal and newborn health Global evidence review to assess the effect of strategies to engage men in maternal and newborn health.
The Last Taboo: Menstrual hygiene interventions in the Pacific Research in Fiji, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea to understand the challenges around menstruation.
Understanding the effects of programs to increase men’s engagement in maternal, newborn and child health A multi-country study of how women and men in diverse settings experience efforts to increase male engagement in maternal, newborn and child health.
WASH: Interventions for monastic schools in Myanmar Evaluating the impact of a water, sanitation and hygiene program across three states of Myanmar.
WHISPER and SHOUT - mHealth interventions among Kenyan sex workers Mobile phone-based health promotions sent to sex workers in Mombasa.