Natural Social Spaces: How Do We Research Social Media and Development Trends, Dynamics, and Impact?

Increasingly, development action, discussion, and debate are taking place on social media platforms. These platforms — from Twitter, Facebook, Vkontakte, Instagram and Snapchat, to hundreds of smaller, niche platforms — are generally not those of governments or development and international organizations. Instead, they are comprised of people in their online spaces and communities sharing information, […]

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Call to Action: Implementing the Nurturing Care Framework in Ghana

The Government of Ghana (GOG) has made a strong commitment to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically SGD 4 regarding access to quality ECD services. Recently, the GOG reaffirmed this commitment through dedication of personnel and coordination mechanisms to rollout the Nurturing Care Framework in Ghana. This investment is a critical first step given […]

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Mentorship Capacity Building: Sustainable Solutions for Lao PDR

To improve the skills and supervision of maternal and neonatal health providers in Lao, MCSP collaborated with the country’s Ministry of Health and consulted with multiple partners, including WHO and UNFPA, to design a mentoring approach to complement the national essential early newborn care policy. The approach uses interactive learning and coaching, and fully integrates […]

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“Because my Husband and I Have Never Had a Baby Before…” Results and Lessons from Interventions with First-Time Parents in Madagascar, Mozambique, and Nigeria


This technical brief presents findings and lessons learned from small-scale interventions implemented by MCSP with first-time parents (FTPs) in three diverse settings. This presentation of cross-country learning is intended to help program implementers design effective interventions for FTPs and to inform future research and learning agendas. This document first describes the three intervention approaches and […]

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Baby Friendly Community Initiative (BFCI): Implementation Experience from Kenya

This report describes the roll out of the Baby Friendly Community Initiative in Kenya based on program implementation experiences of MCSP and MCHIP. It provides insight on one way a country decided to develop and sustain a supportive environment for breastfeeding at the community level in tandem with facility-based efforts to protect, promote and support […]

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Landscape Analysis of Survive, Thrive, and Transform Interventions for Children

The Sustainable Development Goals, founded on the principle that they are “integrated and indivisible,” envision children surviving, thriving and becoming transformative agents in their communities. MCSP conducted a review on behalf of the Child Health Task Force to explore countries’ experiences adding thrive and transform interventions to platforms used to deliver child survival interventions. The […]

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MCSP in India – Combined Brochure

MCSP in India- Combined Brochure

MCSP has been working in India since April 2015 to strengthen family planning (FP), adolescent health (AH), and health and wellness centers (HWCs). MCSP works to promote the expansion of the current basket of contraceptives available in India and strengthen the provision of quality FP services delivered through the public health system in five states […]

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Review of Newborn Health Content in Integrated Management of Newborn and Childhood Illnesses and Integrated Community Case Management Training Materials and Job Aids in Seven Maternal and Child Survival Program Countries

This assessment was designed to understand the newborn care content in country materials for Integrated Management of Newborn and Childhood Illness and integrated community case management. Specifically the assessment focuses on content related to essential newborn care, postnatal care, care for low-birthweight and preterm babies, breastfeeding and support to mothers for breast milk feeding, management […]

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Maternal Child Survival Program
Maternal and Child Survival Program