There is value in experience. After five years and across 52 programs, MCSP knows what countries need to institutionalize – and accelerate – progress.
Close collaboration with nations, communities, and regional partners. Country commitments to adequate resources and the capacity of frontline health workers. Continual efforts to mitigate inequalities and innovate products & services.
All of this must be done with an eye on promoting country self-reliance and ensuring health system accountability.
We don’t believe in the “unreachable.” We do believe in measuring progress and collecting data to foster continuous learning. And in 32 countries, this approach made a difference: I can proudly say that MCSP worked to improve health services in communities with a population totaling over 200 million people!
“Almost everywhere, fewer children are dying,” we read. This is tremendously good news. But too often – for the most vulnerable, marginalized and remote – survival is still a game of chance.
In some of the most challenging areas for health, MCSP and partners evened this playing field by scaling up proven interventions and institutionalizing our progress. These efforts will continue to expand access to high-quality care long after project end.
In this Thanksgiving season, I feel acutely aware of all of those who made these achievements possible. Our collective commitment is adding up to a brighter future for all women and children.
To the countries, providers, community health workers, and volunteers who made this lifesaving work possible: thank you! Without you, MCSP would not exist. You are the Program.
With sincere gratitude, I wish you a joyful start to the holiday season!
Koki Agarwal, MD, MPH, DrPH