The Choices and Challenges in Changing Childbirth (CCCC) is an established multidisciplinary regional research network producing scientific evidence on childbirth policies and practices in the Middle East and identifying areas amenable to improvement.
Its research aims ultimately to render maternal health care safer for mothers and their newborns and to maximize available choices for women during pregnancy, childbirth, and the post-partum period.
The CCCC has been awarded major grant of $467,584 for a study in Egypt, Lebanon, the occupied Palestinian territories and Syria. The proposed research is entitled: “Assessing the acceptability, feasibility and effectiveness of a strategy for improving the quality and safety of maternal/neonatal health care in the health service contexts of four Middle Eastern countries.” The team was one of 14 out of 250 applicants invited to a Proposal Development Workshop in Geneva in October (attended by the co-Principal Investigators Jocelyn DeJong and Hyam Bashour and Dr. Mohamed Cherine from Egypt) and 7 of these were selected for funding. The research is funded by NORAD and other funders via a partnership of several WHO departments under the Implementation Research Platform managed by the Alliance For Health Policy and Systems Research