In a blog post at the Maternal Health Task Force, Ann Blanc, Vice President of Social and Behavioral Science Research at the Population Council, makes a powerful case for why investing in high-quality research matters, now more than ever.
Using a commonly-held and ultimately erroneous assumption about maternal mortality, Blanc makes a powerful case for why research has the potential to not only challenge assumptions, but transform thinking into action.
If the global development community is serious about delivering solutions to improve and save people’s lives, we have an ethical obligation to deliver what works. That cannot be done unless we continue to invest in high-quality research.
Progress is made by asking questions, challenging assumptions and finding what works. To end preventable maternal deaths and other persistent global development challenges, we need to work on implementing known solutions that are based on research and proven facts. In a time when ideology trumps science, maintaining a commitment to rigorous research is itself an act of resistance.