Forward to a Friend | View in Browser
Mother with three children in Indonesia
Koki Agarwal
Koki Agarwal

Dear friends,
There is an African saying that captures the challenge we face: “a pregnant woman has one foot in the grave.” We can’t let this be so.
Over the last two decades, the global community has witnessed a remarkable reduction in the annual number of maternal deaths worldwide. Yet, too many women continue to die in pregnancy and childbirth from preventable and treatable causes, and national maternal mortality averages often conceal large inequities within countries.
In many countries where MCSP works, women’s lives — and those of their families’— are forever affected by their access to health care services, the quality of care at their nearest facility, and whether or not they are empowered to make health decisions for themselves and their children.
But women are not only key recipients of services in MCSP countries; they’re often the ones delivering lifesaving care deep into communities and at Program-supported facilities. On International Women’s Day and every day, we celebrate those women who bring services to every doorstep, making health care more equitable for their sisters in regions with significant health challenges.
This final program year, MCSP continues to share our on-the-ground learning widely. I encourage you to download the recently launched, free and open access 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 March 26th, we’ll also discuss the role data plays in improving health outcomes. Please add your voice to the discussion by joining the 90-minute webinar! We will consider progress to date, key learning, and directions to improve routine RMNCAH data for action and accountability at the global and country levels.
For more information on this campaign, check out our social media toolkit, and follow the conversation on Twitter using #DataforHealth.
Koki Agarwal, MD, MPH, DrPH

Liberian peer provider counseling a fellow student

A Liberian "Peer Provider" Speaks:
"Talking about family planning has not only built my self-confidence, but also added to my professional life to come."

Read More
DR Congo
With MCSP support, the Democratic Republic of Congo developed a five-year, $223 million National Child Health Strategic Plan. It calls for 8,000 additional community care sites – more than double the current 6,968 sites – to cover 70% of the country’s estimated needs. Implementation of the strategic plan could save the lives of more than 300,000 children under five during the period covered (2017-2022).
Visit Our DR Congo Page

In Tanzania, MCSP helped to improve the quality of maternal, child and reproductive health care at 226 facilities in Mara and Kagera regions, leading to a significant increase in institutional deliveries – from 49% in January 2015 to 60% by September 2016. In the same regions, MCSP also introduced 25 Kangaroo Mother Care wards, where admissions of low birth weight babies increased 17% in just nine months.

Visit Our Tanzania Country Page
MCSP’s work shaping national strategies for Ghanaian early child development (ECD) will impact more than 15 million children and caregivers. During the first year of implementation, our ECD training also strengthened the capacity of 700 health providers to integrate early stimulation into health and nutrition activities. These efforts will reach over 900 communities, serving a population of more than 750,000 women and their families.
Visit Our Ghana Country Page
HSS icon
reproductive health icon
community icon
Egyptian mother, child, and health worker

Living in the In-Between:
Learning from Egypt's Growing Pains

Read More
World TB Day,
the Global Fund reveals the
courage & heartache
in fighting
TB in India.

USAID global tweet
Share This

Do you share our love for
compelling interviews
global health?

Then check out the CDC Foundation's new podcast:
Contagious Conversations!

Photo Credits

Syane Luntungan/Jhpiego
Harriette Mondaye/MCSP
Kate Holt/Jhpiego

Charles Wanga/MCSP
Kate Holt/MCSP
Justine Kavle/MCHIP

This content is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the terms of the Cooperative Agreement AID-OAA-A-14-00028. The content is the responsibility of the Maternal and Child Survival Program and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.

Join us on Facebook Join us on Twitter Watch our videos on Youtube Check out our Photos on Flickr

Copyright © 2019 USAID's Maternal and Child Survival Program, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.