Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health: Our Impact

In many rural communities in Benin, children have not received adequate health care because health centers are too far away. Some women can’t go to the health centers because their husbands won’t accompany them. And many people who make it to the health center in an emergency cannot follow up with adequate treatment because resources are scarce in their communities. Since 2009, USAID-funded BASICS Benin, led by MSH, has been decreasing rates for fever, diarrhea, and other illness in these communities through local health workers who treat sick children at home.

When parents suffer from mental illness, they often neglect or otherwise abuse their children and it is difficult for family or community members to intervene. USAID’s Community Based Support for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (CUBS) Project, led by MSH and Africare, is providing assistance to the communities that support these children in 11 Nigerian states. In Rivers State, the CUBS project assists the David Bassey Ikpeme Foundation, a community organization, in identifying and supporting orphans and vulnerable children.

Today, the British medical journal The Lancet published a viewpoint (registration required) by MSH HIV & AIDS advisor Erik Schouten, who has been working  with Malawi’s Ministry of Health on an approach to preventing mother to child transmission  (PMTCT)of HIV called “B+” that offers all HIV-infected pregnant women lifelong  anti-retroviral treatment (ART).

Two websites supported by Management Sciences for Health (MSH) have increased usage and reach as of March 2011. These tools are important HIV resources for the global health community to help build capacity and share best practices.

Steve Solter. {Photo credit. MSH.}Photo credit. MSH.

Afghanistan is a country whose past weighs heavily on its present condition. Despite major achievements in reconstruction since 2001, the damage of the Soviet occupation (1979-1989) and the Taliban regime (1994-2001) are still major hurdles for development efforts to overcome.MSH, which has worked in Afghanistan since 1973 with funding from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and other donors, is one of the most experienced organizations in the United States in managing and delivering health services in Afghanistan.

Rudi Thetard. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

Pervasive, chronic poverty has devastated every sector of Malawi for decades—contributing to a faltering economy and applying enormous pressure on an overextended and under resourced government.  A fragile health care infrastructure is aggravated by the poverty problem and has increased the prevalence of HIV & AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, malnutrition, and other epidemics. Malawi has some of the worst health indicators in the world.

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) co-hosted a three-day integration symposium in Washington, D.C., "Delivering Impact in Women and Children's Health: The Challenges and Opportunities of Service Integration" symposium from April 11-13.

West and Central Africa is a very diverse region with many unique languages, cultures, demographics, policies, and people. But, they share similar public health challenges that have no boundaries such as increasing HIV & AIDS prevalence rates and high maternal mortality rates.

Management Sciences for Health is proud to co-host the "Delivering Impact in Women and Children’s Health: The Challenges and Opportunities of Service Integration" symposium from April 11th through 13th. We are co-hosting this conference with the GHC, JSI, Jhpiego, USAID, MCHIP, PATH, FHI, Guttmacher Institute, and JHU School of Public Health. The Policy and Advocacy Team at MSH is also excited to host the second and third day of invitation-only sessions in our Arlington, VA offices.

A proposal writing workshop participant. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

The KAN Development Foundation is one of 31 community service organizations (CSOs) that participated in capacity building workshops organized by the US Agency for International Development-funded Community-Based Support for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Nigeria (CUBS) project in 2010. Twenty-two of the CSOs participated in a proposal writing workshop and nine participated in an organizational development workshop, both facilitated by Management Sciences for Health (MSH) and CUBS technical advisors.


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