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Koki Agarwal
Koki Agarwal

Dear friends,
MCSP is a mature program now. Across 52 programs in 32 countries, we know what works in settings as diverse as Egypt and Guatemala. And the results speak for themselves.

Beginning this issue, we’re proudly sharing highlights from our country programs. What have we learned under MCSP? For those who are hardest to reach – pregnant women, mothers, and their young children – we hope our work has made their lives more healthy, and their communities more self-sufficient and resilient than when we began.

Our growth has gone both ways. Delivering culturally-sensitive services and trainings in some of the world’s toughest places for health has yielded countless lessons learned. Our knowledge gained on-the-ground continues to season us as technical experts and program implementers working in the ever changing world of global health.

Join us as we take a look, month by month, at life in a few of the thousands of communities where MCSP has made an impact. Then consider a deeper dive into our work via the more than 60 new blogs, success stories, and events pieces we’ve posted just this year! Also newly available are staff presentations from three high-level fall conferences: the Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, FIGO’s World Congress, and the 5th International Conference on Family Planning.

In the coming year, MCSP’s legacy will continue to shape global dialogue, policy, guidelines and strategy as we transform the everyday practices that help countries help themselves.

Wishing you a restful, healthy holiday season – and a bright start to the New Year!

Koki Agarwal, MD, MPH, DrPH

Postpartum family planning (PPFP) services were limited or nonexistent in Rwandan health facilities before MCSP’s arrival. To address this, the Program initiated a model in 10 districts, which was adopted as national policy and scaled up in all 30 districts. PPFP services are now available to more than 100,000 women delivering annually in MCSP-supported districts.
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After the Ebola outbreak caused 43% of health facilities in Liberia to close, USAID’s investment helped to restore health services and improve infection prevention and control at 100% of MCSP coverage facilities. The result? The number of health facility deliveries doubled and the immunization coverage for children under one year nearly tripled.
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In Indonesia – a country with no national health register – MCSP improved health outcomes by growing the evidence base on maternal and newborn mortality, and building the capacity of local organizations to carry on this work in our wake. As a result, policy decisions are increasingly data-driven, positively impacting maternal and newborn care.
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Across northern Laos, MCSP and the Ministry of Health established 50 mentors to strengthen the maternal and newborn skills of their fellow providers at provincial, district and health centers. Serving more than 800,000 people – 12.5% of the national population – these mentors have helped to increase both provider monitoring of women in labor, and early initiation of newborn breastfeeding.
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Photo Credits

Karen Kasmauski/MCHIP
John Healy/ACCESS/Jhpiego
John Tarawally/MCSP
Policarp Davis/MCSP
Karen Kasmauski/Jhpiego
Phong Tran/Photoshare

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.

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