Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health: Our Impact

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, with 990 deaths per 100,000 live births. Health workers often struggle with poor working conditions and a lack of equipment, drugs and medical supplies. These challenges can lead to frustrated staff focusing on the lack of resources rather than providing quality health care services to the people they serve. Under the U.S.

Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a leader in maternal and child health service delivery and health systems strengthening, endorsed today the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health. The Strategy is a multi-sector collaboration to save the lives of 16 million women and children, launched by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at the Every Woman, Every Child event at the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Summit in New York.

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is pleased to join the Global Health Council, and PATH, in conjunction with Congressman Russ Carnahan, for a discussion examining the far-reaching multisectoral benefits that stem from successful partnerships.Monday, September 27 1:00-3:00 p.m. Congressional Meeting Room South U.S. Capitol Visitor Center First Street and East Capitol Street, NE Washington, D.C.

The Extending Service Delivery Project (ESD), introduces a valuable tool – "How to Educate Clients about the Benefits of Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancy." The tool is for training primary level providers and community health workers to identify opportunities to counsel clients on Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancy (HTSP) and the benefits of family planning use.The USAID-funded ESD Project is managed and directed by Pathfinder International in partnership with IntraHealth International, MSH, and Meridian Group International, Inc. ESD addresses th

On Wednesday, July 21, 2010, Dr. Edmund Rutta, Country Program Manager for the Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) Program, presented at the Management Sciences for Health (MSH), Global Health Council, and PATH Congressional Briefing entitled "Reaching Women and Children with Innovative Technologies." The event was held in conjunction with Representatives Albio Sires (NJ), Brian Baird (WA), Betty McCollum (MN), Barbara Lee (CA), Adam Smith (WA), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX), and Jim McDermott (WA) to a full standing room of over 100 guests, including two Members of Congress. Dr.

The Group of Eight (G-8), holding their annual summit last weekend in Muskoka,Canada, announced a Canadian-led Muskoka Initiative on Maternal, Newborn and Under-Five Child Health (Muskoka Initiative).The Group of 20 (G-20) summit held immediately after in Toronto, resulted in no additional commitments to maternal and child health. MSH believes the G-20 missed an opportunity to support global health when the group did not endorse the G-8’s maternal and child health initiative announced the day before.

On Tuesday, May 25, 2010, Dr. Paul Waibale, the Project Director for the MSH project Prevention and Organizational Systems—AIDS Care and Treatment (ProACT) in Nigeria, presented at a Congressional Briefing, co-sponsored by Congresswoman Gwen Moore, entitled “Is Health Systems Strengthening the Answer to Improving Maternal Health?” The presentation was attended by over 60 people. Dr. Waibale drew on his experiences in Nigeria with HIV & AIDS, stating that it is strengthening of health and linked systems for health service delivery that is the answer.

As a long-standing implementer and advocate of maternal and child health services around the world, MSH is excited to participate in the second Women Deliver conference this week in Washington, DC. MSH has promoted equal access to health care for women by strengthening health systems for almost four decades. “MSH improves services that directly affect women— maternal and child health, family planning, HIV & AIDS—through the integration of those services, enabling more accessible and efficient care for entire communities.

Responding to recently released findings from The Lancet that maternal mortality rates are sharply declining, MSH’s family planning/reproductive health expert, Dr. Halida Akhter, said “this is good news” and evidence that progress is being made to improve women’s health. Yet, cautions Dr. Akhter, ". . . more needs to be done." Dr. Akhter emphasizes that while there have been some gains; maternal mortality rates remain high in many countries, especially those with high birth and HIV rates.

The three-year Action for West Africa Region ( AWARE II) Project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development, is using an innovative, comprehensive approach to scale up integrated best practices in family planning/reproductive health, HIV & AIDS, and maternal, newborn, and child health in 21 countries in West Africa. MSH is managing AWARE II in partnership with EngenderHealth and the Futures Group. MSH interviewed Dr.


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