maternal and child health


Resources to Improved Food Security in Eastern DRC

The RISE program sought to reduce food insecurity among vulnerable families in North Kivu. The program was based on three key strategic objectives:

  1. Diversified production and increased incomes for small farmers;
  2. Improved nutritional status of pregnant and nursing mothers and children under 5; and
  3. Better governance of food security.

Tuendelee Pamoja

The objective of the Tuendelee Pamoja program was to improve food security among vulnerable families in two ways: by improving socio-economic conditions, and by improving the health and nutrition of individuals, women, and young children. Specific activities included, among others, agricultural training, seed multiplication and distribution, rearing livestock to improve soil fertility, credit associations, tree planting, good cooking practices, and hygiene demonstrations.


Maternal and Child Survival Program – DRC

USAID's Bureau for Global Health’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) is designed to advance USAID’s goal of Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths, and is currently working in 25 countries.


Strengthening Decentralization for Sustainability

The SDS Program encompassed four core objectives to improve sustainability of decentralized service delivery by the Government of Uganda. Through its objectives, SDS worked to improve the capabilities of district local governments, so that district leaders may take the lead in coordinating the activities of donor support in their district, starting with USAID social sector programs.


Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program - Mozambique

MCHIP in Mozambique focused on building a favorable national policy environment while supporting the Ministry of Health in two of their national priorities: to scale up the Model Maternities Initiative (MMI) and the Cervical and Breast Cancer Prevention/Control Program (CECAP) in order to rapidly expand the implementation of high-impact MNCH/RH interventions. MCHIP also supported the provision of FP services through the MMI and CECAP initiatives.


The Expanded Social Marketing Project in Nigeria

ESMPIN was a USAID-funded nationwide social marketing project focused on 15 priority states in Nigeria, aimed at improving maternal and child health by promoting family planning methods, and child health products. Some diseases like diarrhea, malaria and pneumonia, lack of family planning (FP) and inappropriate care of pregnant mothers and newborns are some of the causes responsible for Nigeria’s high maternal, neonatal and child mortality rates. ESMPIN also promoted healthy behaviors in addition to its product demand.


Hati Kami Child Survival Project

Hati Kami, an urban health project located in the West Jakarta Municipality of Jakarta Province in Indonesia, was a four-year Innovation Child Survival and Health Grants Project (CSHGP). The project, whose name means “Our hearts”, was designed to address high rates maternal and neonatal mortality, increased rates of bottle/formula feeding, and limited growth in exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) rates; it successfully built on the results and lessons learned of Healthy Start, Mercy Corps’ previous CSHGP project in Jakarta Province.


Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program - Ghana

In order to meet Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5, the government of Ghana prioritized increasing the number of midwives to ensure that all births are attended by skilled providers. To meet this objective, the government opened 15 more midwifery schools between 2010 and 2014 to train more skilled providers. Student numbers also increased from as low as 50 students per school per year to as many as 250 students in some schools.


Rebuilding Basic Health Services

The project started in 2008 with a focus on improving health service delivery in the counties of Bong, Nimba, Lofa, River Gee and Grand Cape Mount. In 2011, RBHS shifted from its original focus to capacity building of the MOHSW and County Health Teams in Bong, Lofa and Nimba counties. Adhering to the National Health Policy and guided by the WHO Health Systems Strengthening Conceptual Framework, the project worked to develop or strengthen six “building blocks:” health services, workforce, finance, access to drugs and supplies, information management and governance and leadership.