Maternal and Child Health Integrated Project – Nigeria ( MCHIP-Nigeria )

The goal of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) in Nigeria was to contribute to the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality by achieving its life-of-project (LOP) objective of increased utilization of quality emergency obstetric and newborn care (EmONC) services by pregnant women, mothers, and their newborns in selected local government areas (LGAs) in three states—Kano, Zamfara, and Katsina. MCHIP was well-positioned to support the GoN to address MNCH interventions, drawing on technical and programmatic expertise from the previous ACCESS Nigeria program. MCHIP continued the implementation of the ACCESS Program’s integrated community- and facility-based essential maternal and newborn care interventions focusing on antenatal care (ANC), comprehensive and basic EmONC, postpartum care, and family planning for healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies using a household-to-hospital continuum of care (HHCC) approach.

Actual Outcomes
  • MCHIP supported and worked with a variety of maternal and child health/family planning/ reproductive health stakeholders to develop National Performance Standards for EmONC and FP, which led to an increase in the quality of care consciousness in the health sector.
  • MCHIP trained 2,678 people on health-related subjects.
  • 18 health centers were refurbished and basic obstetric equipment was donated. The skilled birth attendants from 57 facilities supervised 879,385 antenatal visits, 183,355 institutional deliveries, provided active management of third stage of labor (AMTSL) to 156,498 women, and provided essential newborn care to 175,906 newborns seen within three days of birth.
  • The program also established 19 community mobilization teams to guide communities to prioritize maternal, newborn, and FP issues and to leverage additional resources (emergency transport and communication) and support from philanthropists and traditional/political leaders.