In Madagascar, maternal and child health issues are persistent–10 women die each day as a result of pregnancy or birth-related complications and 100 children die each day from preventable causes. The country is predominantly rural; around 64 percent of its total 25 million inhabitants live in rural areas, where their communities are known as fokontany, […]
In Nepal, nearly 1 in 30 children die before reaching their first birthday, with 66% of those deaths occurring in the first one month of life, the neonatal period. Almost half of all newborn deaths are due to neonatal infections, many of which can result from exposure of the newborn’s umbilical cord stump to pathogens […]
Putting a Life-Changing Tool in the Hands of Myanmar’s Frontline Health Workers. A woman rides on the back of a motor bike between Chuang U and Amyint Village in Myanmar’s Sagain Region. This is Su Su Htet, an area coordinator (AC) for the RMNCH Quality of Care Project (RMNCH QoC), a program implemented by JSI […]
A maternal and newborn health revolution is spreading across Nigeria. Over the last three years, policymakers have invested in low-cost drugs that are saving the lives of mothers and babies. The distribution of misoprostol and chlorhexidine (CHX)—used respectively to prevent postpartum hemorrhage and newborn sepsis, the leading causes of maternal and neonatal mortality—has the potential to save […]
When a baby is born, her purpose is simple: to grow into a healthy child. Breastfeeding makes this possible by giving a newborn nutritional and immunoprotective benefits that impact their immediate health, as well as their long-term health and opportunity for success. As a development tool, breastfeeding is a key contributor to achieving the broader Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This World Breastfeeding Week, USAID’s global nutrition project, Strengthening Partnerships and Results in Nutrition Globally (SPRING), joins our many partners in recognizing the importance of promoting good breastfeeding practices and the supportive environments that enable them.
For many people in Madagascar, the USAID-funded Community-Based Integrated Health Program, locally known as MAHEFA, means increased access to improved health services. MAHEFA is also helping people make positive changes in their communities. Outlined below are some of the many people who benefit from and work with the MAHEFA program. The Elder “I have at least […]
Community Health Volunteers play a vital role in delivering basic health services to families living in rural Madagascar. Follow Helena, a community health volunteer supported by the MAHEFA program, as she moves through her community providing health services and educating her neighbors about healthy behaviors.
How Georgia revolutionized maternity care and reduced maternal mortality by 40%. Despite the Soviet Union’s claim to have outstanding health care, reality was very different. At the fall of the Soviet Union, and for many years after, Georgia had a surprisingly high maternal mortality ratio. Maternity care was inhumane and, at times, even harmful for […]