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 {Photo credit: MSH}Charlotte Abroman, midwife, Kongoti Center for Rural Health, Daoukro.Photo credit: MSH

Leadership Development Program Plus (LDP+) leads to dramatic rise in antenatal care visits “I was both aware of the challenges that existed and frustrated at not being able to meet them,” said Charlotte Abroman, midwife at the Kongoti Center for Rural Health, discussing low antenatal clinic visit rates. In Côte d’Ivoire as a whole, 70 percent of pregnant women attend all four ANC visits, but in Abroman’s area of Kongoti, only 11 percent made all the visits. In the health district of Daoukro, which includes Kongoti and other towns, the rate was 24 percent.

A Management Sciences for Health-led team of global health organizations has been selected by USAID to implement the Technical Assistance and Support Contract (TASC 4)-Africa. TASC 4-Africa is one of USAID’s primary mechanisms to contribute to improvements in the health of people in sub-Saharan Africa, especially women, children, and other vulnerable populations.  TASC 4-Africa will play a key role in USAID’s central initiatives, Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths (EPCMD) and Creating an AIDS-free Generation.

 {Photo credi: Warren Zelman}Democratic Republic of the Congo.Photo credi: Warren Zelman

We spoke with Management Sciences for Health (MSH)’s Beth Yeager, MHS, Principal Technical Advisor, Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) program, and Chair, Maternal Health Supplies Caucus, Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition, about MSH’s global technical leadership on improving access to maternal health medicines and commodities. MSH serves as an active member of the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children (UNCoLSC) and the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition. Beth Yeager

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