Maternal and Child Health

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MaMoni Project

Awarded in 2009, the Integrated Safe Motherhood, Newborn Care, and Family Planning Project (MaMoni) was an associate award under USAID’s global flagship maternal, newborn, and child health program, MCHIP. MaMoni works in the Habiganj and Sylhet districts of Bangladesh, reaching a population of more than 3.5 million.

Activity

Program for Strengthening Household Access to Resources

The food security situation in the targeted area of Bangladesh was critical at the point of project inception in 2010. Despite real wage growth in the previous five years leading to program initiation, a high rate of households, 31.5 percent, were in poverty. High food commodity prices, rising since 2007, exacerbated an already poor food security situation.

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Nobo Jibon

Since June 2010, Save the Children has been implementing the USAID-supported Title II PL480 Multi-Year Assistance Program in Bangladesh, “Nobo Jibon.” The program is designed “to reduce food insecurity and vulnerability for 191,000 direct beneficiary households…in ten upazilas of Barisal Division over five years.” It has three strategic objectives (SOs) in the areas of maternal and child health and nutrition (SO1), market-based production and income generation (SO2), and disaster risk reduction (SO3), as well as a cross-cutting gender component.

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Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally – Bangladesh

Despite significant improvements in undernutrition in Bangladesh in recent years, stunting remains at the high rate of 36 percent. A wide range of efforts is underway by the Government of Bangladesh (GOB) and other stakeholders to improve nutrition outcomes in Bangladesh. Through its Feed the Future and Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths initiatives, the U.S. Government is at the forefront in support of the GOB’s efforts.

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SHIKHA

Malnutrition among pregnant women and children less than two years old is a major public health concern in Bangladesh. In order to improve the maternal diet practice and to reduce under-nutrition among children less than two years old, the SHIKHA project has been designed and implemented in the Feed the Future zone of Bangladesh in 26 sub-districts of Barisal and Khulna Divisions. The project designed a multi-faceted program, consisting of home visits, health forums, social mobilization, and a mass-media campaign.

Activity

NGO Health Service Delivery Project

NHSDP is the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Bangladesh’s largest health initiative; this flagship project is the latest in a series of programs going back to at least 1998 that have sought to improve the ability of local NGOs to provide basic health services to the poor. NHSDP was designed in 2012, when USAID was implementing significant procurement reforms and emphasizing the need to work more directly with local organizations.

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Cambodia Integrated Nutrition, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene

One out of three (32.4%) children under the age of five in Cambodia are stunted. The prevalence of stunting is 10% higher among children born to mothers from the lowest wealth quintile (42%). Recent data also suggest that exclusive breastfeeding rates in Cambodia have declined, and only 30% of children 6-23 months receive a minimum acceptable diet. Cambodia’s Council for Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD) estimates that malnutrition costs the country nearly $400 million in gross domestic product annually.

Activity

Empowering Communities for Health

Cambodia is establishing statutory structures at the commune, district and province level, including Committees for Women and Children at all three levels, to instill greater government accountability in protecting the rights of children and women. D&D is rolling out in the coming years with the goal of increasing local accountability and management of health sector resources.

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Feed the Future Senegal Yaajeende

The food security situation in Senegal in 2013, illustrated by the Global Hunger Index (GHI) score of 13.8, was characterized by the International Food Policy Institute (IFPRI) as “serious.” 2 This situation is all the more serious in that, at 13.7 in 2005, the country’s GHI score has remained unchanged for nearly a decade. Food insecurity in Senegal affects between 15.6 and 24 percent of the population, with higher numbers concentrated in the northern and eastern rural regions.

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Communications Support for Health

The Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ), through the Ministry of Health (MOH), has committed to achieving Millennium Development Goal targets by improving the quality of health care services and providing greater and equitable access to health care for its people. To support these objectives, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing GRZ with technical assistance to strengthen national health communications activities.