Baby Friendly Community Initiative (BFCI): Implementation Experience from Kenya

This report describes the roll out of the Baby Friendly Community Initiative in Kenya based on program implementation experiences of MCSP and MCHIP. It provides insight on one way a country decided to develop and sustain a supportive environment for breastfeeding at the community level in tandem with facility-based efforts to protect, promote and support […]

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Landscape Analysis of Survive, Thrive, and Transform Interventions for Children

The Sustainable Development Goals, founded on the principle that they are “integrated and indivisible,” envision children surviving, thriving and becoming transformative agents in their communities. MCSP conducted a review on behalf of the Child Health Task Force to explore countries’ experiences adding thrive and transform interventions to platforms used to deliver child survival interventions. The […]

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Strengthening Subnational Health Systems Management for Improved RMNCH

This brief describes MCSP’s efforts to more comprehensively strengthen management of the health sector and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH). It includes an approach for strengthening subnational health systems management and findings from various efforts implemented in Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, India, Kenya, Mozambique and Tanzania. It also presents key takeaways to improve future […]

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Experiences in New Vaccine Introduction

USAID’s efforts to help increase the equitable coverage of vaccines, strengthen routine immunization (RI) systems, and leverage the US Government’s large global contribution to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and MCSP has provided technical assistance to support countries in planning for, preparing for, and introducing new vaccines and in following up post-introduction. Since 2014, MCSP has […]

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Webinar: Nothing gets transformed until your mind is transformed

On April 4th, MCSP hosted the second of a two-part webinar series to share the Program’s global and country-level learning for human capacity development efforts. Entitled “Nothing gets transformed until your mind is transformed,” the webinar focused on transformative approaches to strengthening pre-service education strengthening in Ghana, Kenya and Liberia. Strong pre-service education systems are […]

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Baby‐Friendly Community Initiative—From National Guidelines to Implementation: A Multisectoral Platform for Improving Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices and Integrated Health Services

The Baby-Friendly Community Initiative (BFCI) is a comprehensive platform to provide continued breastfeeding support to women upon facility discharge after birth through mother-to-mother and community support groups. The Government of Kenya developed the first national BFCI guidelines to inform national and subnational level implementation. This paper describes the process of BFCI implementation within the Kenyan […]

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How to Strengthen Nutrition into the Health Platform: Programmatic Evidence and Experience from Low and Middle Income Countries

MCSP launched their special issue Maternal and Child Nutrition journal supplement “How to Strengthen Nutrition into the Health Platform: Programmatic Evidence and Experience from Low and Middle Income Countries” on February 12, 2019. The supplement includes evidence and experiences on how to strengthen integration of nutrition into the health platform from a health systems perspective. […]

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Kenya Program Briefs

MCSP used evidence-based interventions to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health in Kenya. The eight briefs below summarize the interventions. Child Health Community Health Programs Family Planning Human Capacity Development Malaria Maternal and Newborn Health Nutrition WASH […]

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Malaria in Pregnancy Country Profiles

This series of 12 malaria in pregnancy (MiP) country profiles illuminates the current status of MiP programming in US President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) countries with a focus on the progress achieved in ensuring intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in pregnancy (IPTp) coverage among pregnant women. The profiles explore progress toward attaining targets, updates to countries’ […]

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