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Projects and Partnerships
MCHIP: Since 2008, the USAID Bureau for Global Health’s flagship Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) has worked in more than 50 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean to improve the health of women and their families. Building upon multiple global awards including USAID's previous flagship maternal and newborn health project, ACCESS (Read more), which concluded in December 2009, MCHIP supported programming in maternal, newborn and child health, immunization, family planning, nutrition, malaria and HIV/AIDS, and encouraged opportunities for integration of programs and services when feasible. MCHIP addressed the barriers to accessing and using key evidence-based interventions across the life stages—from pre-pregnancy to age five—by linking communities, primary health facilities and hospitals. By helping countries identify and focus on those innovations that have been proven to save lives, MCHIP supported delivery of evidence-based interventions through strengthening government health systems, nongovernmental organizations and other local partners. (Read more)
MCSP: In June 2014, USAID announced MCHIP’s successor program, the Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP). Carrying forward the momentum and lessons learned from MCHIP, MCSP will introduce and support high-impact health interventions in USAID’s 24 priority countries with the ultimate goal of contributing to USAID’s efforts to ending preventable maternal and child deaths within a generation. MCSP supports programming in maternal, newborn and child health, immunization, family planning and reproductive health, nutrition, health systems strengthening, water/sanitation/hygiene, malaria, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and pediatric HIV care and treatment. The Program engages governments, policymakers, private sector leaders, healthcare providers, civil society, faith-based organizations and communities in adopting and accelerating proven approaches to address the major causes of maternal, newborn and child mortality, and improve the quality of health services from household to hospital. The Program will tackle these issues through approaches that also focus on health systems strengthening, household and community mobilization, gender integration and eHealth, among others.
To read more about this flagship program working to end preventable child and maternal deaths, please visit: www.mcsprogram.org.
Alive and Thrive: Alive & Thrive (A&T) is a five-year initiative (2009-2013), supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to improve infant and young child nutrition by increasing rates of exclusive breastfeeding and improving complementary feeding practices. A&T aims to reach more than 16 million children under two years old in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Vietnam. The different program models for delivering infant and young child feeding (IYCF) services in the three countries will inform policies and practices worldwide. Delivery is primarily through local NGO, BRAC, frontline workers in Bangladesh and government health extension workers in Ethiopia. In Vietnam, Save the Children is the implementing partner, establishing IYCF franchises in health facilities for counseling and IYCF support groups in ethnic minority areas. Save the Children also offers policy and nutrition technical support at A&T headquarters. A&T is managed by the Academy for Educational Development in partnership with Save the Children, BRAC, GMMB, International Food Policy Research Institute, University of California at Davis and World Vision. Read more
CIDA: Save the Children's "Presumptive Treatment of Fever" program in Malawi, Mozambique, and South Sudan is funded by a generous grant from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) of CND$20 million over three years (April 1, 2009 – March 31, 2012). This CCM program delivers lifesaving, curative interventions for common, yet serious childhood infections to remote communities. It benefits approximately 1.1 million children under five, within the total target population of 5.5 million in the three countries. With CIDA support for drugs and implementation, cadres of community health workers are trained to assess, classify, and treat children with signs of infection. Local Ministry of Health (MOH) partners are trained to support, supply, and supervise the workers, and families are also trained to recognize and seek care for symptoms that indicate serious disease. The goals of this project are to: (1) expand the evidence base to inform local CCM policy, (2) review and strengthen antimalarial and antibiotic logistics, and (3) support the large-scale, community-based delivery of antimalarials and antibiotics through CCM.
In 2009 Save the Children: (1) hired key technical, program and administrative staff, (2) developed a global monitoring and evaluation plan including a plan for operations research, (3) initiated the baseline survey in South Sudan, (4) developed close relationships with the MOHs and other partners, (5) quantified medications needed, and developed a procurement plan in all three countries, (6) sponsored a state-of-the-art workshop in Pretoria, South Africa in which project staff, MOH counterparts, UN representatives and others participated, and (7) completed most of the detailed implementation planning of the program. Read more
HCP/Zambia: The Health Communications Partnership in Zambia (HCP/Z), a five-year program implemented in 22 districts throughout Zambia from October 2004 through December 2009, aimed to contribute to the "improved health status of Zambians" by supporting "Zambians taking action for health". HCP/Z was embedded in the overall health care system through close collaboration and partnership with different organizations. These included the MOH, the National AIDS Council, the Provincial Health Offices, the District Health Management Teams, other allied ministries and public institutions, local and international NGOs, and community-based organizations. Whereas the bulk of HCP activities and interventions were concentrated at the district and community level, other activities such as mass media and behavior change communication were centrally-based and had a national focus.
An end line survey found significant change in six domains of community capacity in all intervention districts compared to control districts. The survey also found correlations between exposure to HCP interventions and behavior change, such as a 23.8% increase in the number of women who spoke with their spouse about FP, and a 17.3% increase in the number of unmarried females aged 15-24 who have never had sex. Save the Children implemented HCP/Z in partnership with the Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs and The International HIV/AIDS Alliance. Read more
Saving Newborn Lives: The SNL program works in partnership with 18 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Building on the knowledge and momentum generated during the first six years of implementation, the program is now focused on testing and replicating scalable packages of newborn care services within existing large-scale health systems. The SNL program also funded the Healthy Newborn Network (HNN) a new global online e-partnership of newborn health stakeholders. Read more
TASC3: The Technical Assistance and Support Contract (TASC3) is a five-year program funded by USAID to support a full range of population, health, nutrition, and HIV/AIDS activities. The program is designed to provide technical support in the areas of RH, FP, maternal and child health and nutrition, HIV, AIDS, STI and other infectious diseases, and environmental health. Additionally, it builds human and institutional capacity in health policy and health care financing, health program management, capacity building, and quality assurance, research, monitoring and evaluation, and health behavior change communication and multisectoral approaches. Program partners include Save the Children, RTI International, EngenderHealth, International Center for Research on Women, Program for Appropriate Technology in Health, Family Health International, Counterpart International, Carolina Population Center and Meridian Group International, Inc. Read more
Last Updated September 2014