MSH Commits $200 Million to Improve Lives of Thousands of Women and Children in Fragile States by Endorsing UN’s Every Woman, Every Child Campaign
September 20, 2011 - Management Sciences for Health (MSH) announced a five-year, $200 million commitment to improve health systems and family planning services in Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Haiti as part of the Every Woman, Every Child campaign of the United Nations (UN). Applauding Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s leadership on the UN Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, MSH pledged to continue to save the lives of women and children in these countries by:
- Strengthening local capacity in Haiti to manage the supply chain of USAID-donated condoms and family planning commodities;
- Building the management, leadership, and technical capacity of the Afghan ministry of health at the central level and in 24 provinces;
- Uniting diverse health providers in DRC to implement basic health service packages; and
- Educating US members of Congress and other policymakers, as well as the global health community, on the unique health needs of women and children in these countries.
In Afghanistan, DRC and Haiti, where there is inadequate governance, continuous violence, and limited access to health services, there is a moral imperative to help and in a way that the people will say “we have done it themselves,” said Jonathan D. Quick, MD, MPH, President and CEO of MSH.
“Strong health systems at the community level in fragile states enable communities to become more confident and self-reliant and expand efforts to reduce mortality and improve health services,” said Dr. Quick.
MSH will employ its strategy for building health systems in fragile states, honed over 40 years, with support from USAID and in partnership with local governments and civil society organizations, by providing universal access to high-impact health services, including maternal and child health, family planning, water and sanitation, nutrition, HIV & AIDS, and malaria.
For more on the Every Woman, Every Child campaign and to read an endorsement from Dr. Quick, visit http://www.everywomaneverychild.org/about/world-leaders-speak-out