Facts are stubborn things, the saying goes. Beneath the sometimes discouraging global health statistics lies a quiet, inspiring truth: life is far better for the people we serve – women and families in some of the world’s poorest countries – than ever before.
At MCSP, we feel proud and fortunate to be part of this progress. In three years and change, our programs and interventions have reached mothers, newborns and children across nearly 40 countries. What does this progress look like on the ground?
MCSP has contributed to more than 1.3 million women having had a facility-based delivery. Over 28,000 babies not breathing or crying at birth were successfully resuscitated, and 233,000+ postpartum clients voluntarily accepted a family planning method. More than 292,000 cases of child pneumonia and 376,000+ cases of child diarrhea – both leading killers – were treated.
This is the solid foundation on which we began our fourth year, doubling down on the promise to reach every woman and child with high-quality services, whether in an urban slum or a remote village. From Kenya, where MCSP successfully brought women to deliver in well-functioning facilities, to Ethiopia, where we trained health extension workers to improve newborn health at the community level, and in Asia and the Caribbean, we’re preventing maternal and child deaths across the community, health center, and hospital continuum.
As we move with speed into a new year, I want to pause and thank you for joining us on this journey. Our friends and partners are close to our hearts at MCSP, and the conversation is richer for your participation!
Koki Agarwal, MD, MPH, DrPH