Two Promising Social Accountability Approaches to Improve Health in Malawi: Community Score Cards, and National Health Budget Consultation, Analysis and Advocacy

This document summarizes two social accountability approaches that have been applied in Malawi for over a decade, with measurable successes. The authors’ intent is to further promote the engagement of civil society to strengthen national health systems, and to share useful experiences more broadly with colleagues within USAID as well as the wider global health […]

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Using Geospatial Analysis to Better Serve Disadvantaged Program Beneficiaries in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Lessons from an Exploratory Analysis in Nigeria

MCSP conducted an exploratory geospatial analysis using multiple geospatial data sources to understand inequities in access to maternal health services in two Nigerian states. The program looked at the relative socioeconomic position (SEP) of the population surrounding MCSP-supported facilities – as measured by a proxy indicator from Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) modeled surfaces for […]

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Health Systems Strengthening in MCSP Country Programs: A Review of MCSP’s Work to Strengthen Health Systems for Improved RMNCH

MCSP incorporates health systems strengthening (HSS) approaches to support programming along nine technical areas—family planning, maternal health, newborn health, child health, immunization, nutrition, malaria, HIV/AIDS, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). While MCSP incorporates HSS approaches across its country programs, MCSP’s midterm evaluation found that HSS activities at country level were not well documented. To […]

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Survive & Thrive: Guiding the Way Forward

The majority of maternal, newborn and child deaths are preventable and treatable with existing, cost-effective tools and interventions. Practices in health facilities are often far behind evidence-based Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) standards. There is a critical need to improve the quality of services in order to reduce preventable deaths, especially as the rate […]

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Understanding vaccine hesitancy in polio eradication in northern Nigeria

Vaccine hesitancy constitutes a major threat to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), and to further expansion of routine immunisation. Understanding hesitancy, leading in some cases to refusal, is vital to the success of GPEI. This article explains the method, findings and conclusions to a recent study in northern Nigeria that sought to understand factors at household and community level […]

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Assessing Knowledge, Practice, and Coverage of Newborn Care Services in Ethiopia

This brief presents findings from the baseline of the Newborns in Ethiopia Gaining Attention (NEGA) project. This project conducted a baseline household survey of recently delivered women in the four regions to provide baseline measures for key maternal and newborn health indicators of knowledge, practice, and service coverage. Results of the survey provided valuable information to design project activities to meet […]

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The Polio Communication Network Contribution to the Polio Outbreak Response in Ethiopia’s Somali Region, 2013–2015

Published in Global Health Communication, this article explores the Polio Communication Network’s (PCN) contribution to the polio outbreak response in the Somali Region of Ethiopia from 2013 to 2015. The PCN strategies and innovations include the establishment of a communication network of experts, development of partnerships with locally trusted and influential groups, and capacity building of local structures. To […]

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