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Critical principles from USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program to help countries on their journey to self-reliance

Publish Date: October 2019
Author: MCSP

From 2014 to 2019, USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) partnered with 32 countries to improve health outcomes for women and children and build more resilient, accountable, and responsive health systems. Through the generous support of the American people, MCSP built the capacity of country-led institutions to address health challenges. As a result, partner governments committed their own domestic resources in cost-effective solutions that yielded immediate and long-lasting results.

Over the last five years, MCSP applied 10 critical principles to support countries on their journeys to self-reliance and reduce maternal and child mortality. These principles emerged from decades of work across the continuum of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health and nutrition programming. MCSP applied these principles to institutionalize and sustain progress. To build on MCSP’s momentum and accelerate progress, we recommend that countries and future programs focus efforts on these critical areas.

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