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A Health System Bottleneck Analysis of Care and Feeding of Small and Sick Newborns in Malawi: Findings and Considerations for Nutrition-Newborn Integration

Through Malawi’s existing Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative platform, MCSP assisted the Malawi Ministry of Health in conducting a health system bottleneck analysis on care and feeding of small and sick newborns. This report discusses key findings and considerations for strengthening nutrition-newborn health integration to improve care for the most vulnerable babies.   […]

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A Review of the Maternal and Newborn Health Content of National Health Management Information Systems in 13 Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia

This report summarizes the results and recommendations from a review of health management information system data collection forms and reporting formats in 13 MCHIP countries: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. […]

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An Approach to Increase Coverage and Equity by Adapting and Using Revised Reaching Every District: MCSP Experiences Adapting the RED Guide in Malawi and Kenya

This document provides a summary of MCSP and John Snow, Inc.’s experience in the adaptation of the regional Reaching Every District (RED) guideline to country-specific contexts in order to inform other countries undertaking the process. The document is also available in French. […]

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Community Monitoring of Individual Children’s Vaccinations

In low- and middle-income countries, unsatisfactory vaccination coverage often reflects services that are not sufficiently accessible, convenient, reliable, or friendly. It may also reflect a lack of public understanding or trust in vaccination and/or vaccination services. Additionally, in developing countries, various sociocultural factors affect the likelihood that families make the effort to get their children […]

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Documentation of REC in Malawi

In October 2016, MCSP began its third year of activities in Malawi, with immunization work focusing on collaboration with the Ministry of Health/Expanded Program on Immunization (MOH/EPI) and partners at the national level; and provision of intensive support for implementing the Reaching Every Child (REC) approach in two low-coverage districts, which were selected from among seven districts in […]

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Essential Care for Every Baby Africa Regional Workshop

The Essential Care for Every Baby (ECEB) Africa Regional Workshop provided an opportunity for dialogue with select countries implementing Helping Babies Breathe at scale on the potential use of the ECEB learning materials to strengthen current newborn health programs and to develop a larger regional pool of ECEB master trainers and champions. In total, 85 […]

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Evaluation of the Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) Initiative Scale-Up in Malawi

The primary aim of this evaluation was to assess the quality of care and coverage of the Helping Babies Breathe newborn resuscitation intervention at the facility level in Malawi. The results will help to inform and guide the ongoing scale-up of this program in Malawi and in other countries. […]

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Feasibility and acceptability of oral cholera vaccine mass vaccination campaign in response to an outbreak and floods in Malawi

This MCSP co-authored article, published in the Pan African Medical Journal, highlights the burden of the 2014-15 cholera outbreak in Malawi, and successes and challenges of the country’s oral cholera vaccine campaign conducted in March and April 2015. To read the open access article, click here. […]

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How to Strengthen Nutrition into the Health Platform: Programmatic Evidence and Experience from Low and Middle Income Countries

MCSP launched their special issue 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 February 12, 2019. The supplement includes evidence and experiences on how to strengthen integration of nutrition into the health platform from a health systems perspective. […]

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Indicators That Describe the Strength of the Routine Immunization System: Preliminary Learning

This brief shares MCSP’s emerging findings from an iterative learning process to understand how certain indicators can benefit the immunization system.   […]

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Kangaroo Mother Care briefs

These briefs were developed as part of the Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) Acceleration Partnership’s work to document the status of KMC implementation. The briefs include a summary of challenges, lessons learned, future actions, and related resources for the following six countries: Bangladesh Ethiopia India Malawi Nigeria Rwanda   […]

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Kangaroo mother care: a multi-country analysis of health system bottlenecks and potential solutions

This MCSP co-authored article published in the journal BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth aims to: 1) use a 12-country analysis to explore health system bottlenecks affecting the scale-up of kangaroo mother care; (2) propose solutions to the most significant bottlenecks; and (3) outline priority actions for scale-up. The 12 countries reviewed in the article are: Cameroon, […]

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Lessons Learned from the Scale-Up Experience of Six High-Impact Interventions in Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health

USAID’s predecessor flagship Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) worked in more than 50 developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean to assist in the scale up of high impact interventions in reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH). This brief summarizes the results of the Program’s scale up experience and […]

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Malaria in Pregnancy Country Profiles

This series of 12 malaria in pregnancy (MiP) country profiles illuminates the current status of MiP programming in US President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) countries with a focus on the progress achieved in ensuring intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in pregnancy (IPTp) coverage among pregnant women. The profiles explore progress toward attaining targets, updates to countries’ […]

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Maternal and Child Survival Program Engagement in the 2017 Gavi Joint Appraisal and Country Engagement Framework: A Summary of Country Experiences

To assess the implementation progress and performance of Gavi’s support for new and underutilized vaccines and health system strengthening efforts, as well as its contribution to improved immunization coverage and equity, Gavi countries engage in regular review processes — either joint appraisals (JAs) or country engagement framework (CEF) reviews. This report provides an overview of […]

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MCSP Family Planning & Immunization Integration Brief in Malawi

In Malawi, MCSP’s support to the Ministry of Health (MOH) began in 2015 to strengthen and systematize FP and immunization service integration at all 43 health facilities and associated outreach sites in priority districts Ntchisi and Dowa. […]

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Missed opportunities for family planning: an analysis of pregnancy risk and contraceptive method use among postpartum women in 21 low- and middle-income countries

This open access, MCSP co-authored article in the journal Contraception analyzes data from recent Demographic and Health Surveys conducted in 21 low- and middle-income countries to examine patterns of interpregnancy intervals, unmet need, pregnancy risk, and family planning method use and method mix among women 0–23 months postpartum. The countries reviewed were: Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, […]

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Qualitative Assessment of Family Planning and Immunization Service Integration in Malawi: Dowa and Ntchisi Districts

In Malawi, at the policy level, maternal and child health services are integrated as part of the Essential Health Package; however, in practice, this integration has not been fully realized. Family planning (FP) and immunization services have been provided largely in parallel, according to different schedules and by different providers. To optimize health contacts and […]

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Report on MCSP Support for the Polio Switch in April 2016

In April 2016, the largest and fastest globally-coordinated project in the history of immunization was carried out in 155 countries and territories. Known as “the switch,” this activity entailed replacing trivalent oral polio vaccine (tOPV), which protects against all three strains of the poliovirus, with the bivalent form (bOPV) which protects against two strains, types […]

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Review of Monitoring of Malaria in Pregnancy through National Health Management Systems: Malawi

This report presents findings from a review of national Health Management Information Systems in Malawi to improve understanding of how the Ministry of Health—both National Malaria Control Programs and Reproductive Health Units—is monitoring and reporting their malaria in pregnancy related program results, and how the data are being used. The report also includes recommendations on […]

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Review of Monitoring of Malaria in Pregnancy through National Health Management Systems: Results from Six Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa

This report presents findings from a review of national Health Management Information Systems in six countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to improve understanding of how Ministries of Health—both National Malaria Control Programs and Reproductive Health Units—are monitoring and reporting their malaria in pregnancy related program results, and how the data are being used. President’s Malaria Initiative countries […]

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Round Table on Social Accountability Malawi, September 2018: Report and Suggestions Moving Forward

Since 2015, MCSP has worked closely with Malawi partners to advance social accountability documentation and research . UNICEF, with funding from the Gates Foundation, implemented the project ‘Social Accountability for Every Woman Every Child’ (SAcc EWEC) in Malawi from 2016 – 2018. The project worked to facilitate community and civil society organization platforms to carry […]

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Scaling Up High-Impact Health Interventions in Complex Adaptive Systems: Lessons from MCHIP

This report grew out of a review of the scale up of six maternal and child health interventions in India, Mali, Bangladesh and Malawi. The objective of the review was to identify effective scale-up strategies. […]

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The Revitalization and Scale‐up of the Baby‐Friendly Hospital Initiative in Malawi

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) has been shown to improve breastfeeding outcomes. However, in Malawi, the initiative languished in recent years due to losses in funding. MCSP supported the Malawi Ministry of Health to revitalize and scale up the BFHI in health facilities across all districts of the country. This paper describes the successes, challenges, […]

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Two Promising Social Accountability Approaches to Improve Health in Malawi: Community Score Cards, and National Health Budget Consultation, Analysis and Advocacy

This document summarizes two social accountability approaches that have been applied in Malawi for over a decade, with measurable successes. The authors’ intent is to further promote the engagement of civil society to strengthen national health systems, and to share useful experiences more broadly with colleagues within USAID as well as the wider global health […]

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Vaccination coverage and timely vaccination with valid doses in Malawi

This MCSP co-authored article, published in the journal Vaccine Reports, highlights the results of a cluster vaccination coverage survey conducted in two districts in Malawi: Dowa and Ntchisi. The survey measured the vaccination coverage of children 12–23 months old and identified factors impacting the utilization of vaccination services. To read the full article, click here. […]

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What Data on Maternal and Newborn Health Do National Health Management Information Systems Include?

This report reviews the data elements related to maternal and newborn health (MNH) present in the health management and information (HMIS) systems in 24 low- and lower middle-income countries. The review’s purpose is to quantify the extent to which key data elements are available in the antenatal, delivery and postpartum registers and associated summary reporting […]

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