Continuing our Partner Spotlight series, we asked the Maternal Child Survival Program some essential questions about their work.
What is the Maternal Child Survival Program’s mission and how do you boost health and happiness for moms and kids?
It was launched in June by the U.S. Agency for International Development to introduce, and build upon, skills and resources for some of the toughest places in the world to be a mother. We focus on ending deaths of children and mothers that are preventable, and ensuring that those women, newborns and children most in need can get quality health care.
Where does the Maternal Child Survival Program operate?
The Program’s focus is on 24 countries where moms and kids are suffering most: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Senegal, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia.
What makes the Maternal Child Survival Program unique?
We offer support for moms and children, from family planning to pre-natal care, to labor and delivery and newborn needs through to early childhood. The program also focuses on mobile phone based health solutions; the rights of women and girls; and partnerships that help communities have the skills they need to make their mothers and children safer and healthier. These teams are from the communities they work in, so once they receive training and materials, they are able to work closely with moms and their kids to understand their problems. They are more successful getting mothers to the health clinic when they are pregnant or suffering with diseases like HIV and malaria.
Global Moms Challenge was able to see some of our work in action in Mozambique this week with the International Reporting Project (IRP). We shadowed community health workers trained by Jhpiego as part of the Maternal Child Survival Program as they went door to door to reach out to mothers who might otherwise not receive care. One mother we met was unwilling to accept her HIV diagnosis and stopped taking her anti-retro viral medications. These community workers visited her week after week and convinced her to get her and her 8-month-old daughter into treatment.
What is the Maternal Child Survival Program’s proudest accomplishment or story about someone who has benefitted from your work?
The Maternal Child Survival Program is just beginning, but we are taking the learning and successes from the U.S. Government’s earlier work, which with local governments and partners, helped more than 4 million women receive family planning counseling, nearly 1.8 million newborns get delivered with the help of a skilled birth attendant, and expanded child vaccines in 14 countries.
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Images courtesy of USAID and the Maternal Child Survival Program