Projects and Partnerships

MCHIP: MCHIP is the USAID/Bureau for Global Health's flagship maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH) program, which focuses on reducing maternal, neonatal and child mortality, thereby accelerating progress toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5. USAID's strategic approach focuses on those countries with the highest burden of maternal and child mortality. MCHIP works in more than 23 countries to reduce barriers to access to care and to promote evidence-based interventions along the MNCH continuum of care from pre-pregnancy to age five, and by linking communities, first-level facilities, and hospitals. MCHIP supports the integration of FP, malaria and HIV/AIDS activities within MNCH programs. MCHIP is a partnership with JHPIEGO (Prime), JSI, Save the Children, PATH, JHU/IIP, Broad Branch and PSI. Read more

ACCESS: In December 2009, Save the Children completed its five-year engagement as a leading partner in ACCESS, USAID's flagship MNH project. Among key achievements is a significantly expanded coverage of Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC). KMC is a life-saving, low-tech, low-cost intervention designed to protect vulnerable preterm/low birth weight newborns, especially from hypothermia, in Ethiopia, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, and Rwanda. Through ACCESS, Save the Children also successfully advocated for community engagement as an important complementary strategy within comprehensive MNH programs, and developed important resources to guide community mobilization programs. Read more

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 May 2010