Throughout this final Program year, an old saying keeps running through my mind: Leave this world a little better than you found it. Across 52 programs in 32 countries, MCSP is doing just that.
Since 2014, MCSP has supported countries on their journey to self-reliance, helping rural and urban communities to recognize, prioritize, and address their own pressing health issues. To date, MCSP has worked to improve health services in communities with a population totaling over 200 million people, including:
- Resuscitating 36,000 babies not breathing after birth.
- Helping more than 543,000 women to voluntarily choose a family planning method.
- Reaching nearly 5 million children with nutrition programs, 3.8+ million more with a final dose of the DPT vaccine, and over 427,000 children under five with pneumonia treatment.
- Thanks to MCSP, 1.3+ million women received a uterotonic immediately after birth to prevent postpartum hemorrhage, the world’s leading direct cause of maternal death.
We’re also leaving behind resilient, accountable and responsive health systems in some of the world’s toughest areas for health. With MCSP’s help, more than 10,000 health facilities implemented a quality improvement approach, with 17 countries developing or updating 112 policies. We’ve also equipped 482,000+ trainees with the skills and knowledge to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn and child care services.
We continue to share our impact and lessons learned – most recently on how to strengthen nutrition into the health platform, and optimizing community health worker programs. Next up is the first of a two-part webinar series on February 28th to share the Program’s global and country-level learning for human capacity development efforts. I hope you’ll join us!
Koki Agarwal, MD, MPH, DrPH