A community health worker, makes a home visit to a 7 day-old newborn in Mali. The infant and mother are doing well. Photo credit: Save the Children, September 2012.

Newborn Health Programs

Healthy Newborn Network

Save the Children continues to manage the Healthy Newborn Network (HNN) (2010-present), an online community dedicated to addressing critical knowledge gaps in newborn health. A legacy of the Saving Newborn Lives Projects (2000-2020), HNN brings together partner organizations and individuals working in newborn health to share key resources, data, experiences, and lessons and helps increase global commitment to advance newborn health. HNN also provides a platform for stakeholders to engage in discussions and working group activities on the vast range of newborn and maternal health topics.


USAID’s MaMoni Maternal and Newborn Care Strengthening Project (MaMoni MNCSP) (2018-2023) supports and contributes to the goals of the Bangladesh Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOH&FW) to reduce maternal and newborn deaths by increasing equitable utilization of quality maternal and newborn care (MNC) services in Bangladesh. Additionally, the project facilitates health system improvements and policy changes for sustained impact at scale. MaMoni MNCSP is implemented by a consortium led by Save the Children in 17 districts in Bangladesh, covering a population of approximately 35 million people. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the project has also received additional funding to work with the government to strengthen the health system response to community transmission of COVID-19, minimize health risks to individuals, and avoid adverse health outcomes.

MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership

MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership (2019-2024) is part of a suite of innovative awards, funded by USAID, which Save the Children implements with several other organizations. The overall aim of this program is to holistically improve family planning and maternal, newborn, and child health in partner countries around the world. The project focuses on technical and capacity development assistance to ministries of health and other country partners to improve outcomes. MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership builds upon existing evidence and best practices and catalyzes innovations that enable government-led partnerships to deliver high-quality, evidence-based interventions that accelerate reductions in maternal, newborn, and child mortality and illness at scale. The project also contributes to global technical leadership, learning, and USAID’s policy dialogue to achieve global maternal, newborn, and child health, voluntary family planning, and reproductive health (MNCH/FP/RH) goals by supporting globally endorsed initiatives, strategies, frameworks, guidelines, and action plans.

USAID Kulawa

USAID Kulawa (2020-2025) is the USAID Resilience in the Sahel Enhanced II (RISE II) Health Services Delivery activity in Niger, which works to improve access to and use of quality health services, strengthening ownership and management by communities, local government, and service providers. USAID Kulawa—meaning “care” in Hausa—strives to close the equity gap (the difference in abilities to access services) in maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH), family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH), and nutrition service access and use. USAID Kulawa builds on prior efforts to improve the health of people in Niger.


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