Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health: Our Impact

With only 10 miles of paved road in all of Southern Sudan, a region the size of Texas, Steve Redding, Director of Health Service Delivery at Management Sciences for Health (MSH), explains that it is unusual to bump into any sign of government: “There are no roads, mostly cattle trails. Many of the people are seminomadic. . . . To have health facilities positioned along cattle routes reminds people that there is a government concerned with their welfare.” Three years ago, life was different in Southern Sudan.

Through the well-established Integrated Primary Health Care (IPHC) Project, MSH introduced an innovative performance-based grants program in March 2006 to support the expansion of community-based services for at least 15,000 orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). By providing grants to community-based organizations that were already helping children but often struggled for adequate resources, MSH envisioned a rapid scale-up of services for some of South Africa’s most vulnerable victims of the AIDS epidemic.

In the midst of Cité Soleil, one of the poorest slums in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, malnourished children and their needy mothers find safe haven at the Rosalie Rendu Center for Nutrition and Health, run by Saint Vincent de Paul nuns and supported by the MSH-implemented Santé pour le Développement et la Stabilité d’Haïti (SDSH) Project .

CAMBRIDGE, MA — The Integrated Primary Health Care (IPHC) Project in South Africa has been awarded a $6 million cost extension by USAID, extending the program through December 30, 2010. Dr.

Improvements in health are seen in statistics and reports, but their most profound effect is within people. It became apparent where the wealth of a nation truly lives when Dr. Leslie Ramsammy was approached by a father who wanted to thank him for saving his child’s life from malaria. “Health is wealth,” said Dr. Ramsammy, the Minister of Health of Guyana, during a visit to MSH headquarters in Cambridge, MA. “It is the foundation for all other aspects of society—the economy, the history, the culture.

The new HIV/AIDS Care and Support Program (HCSP), funded by the US Agency for International Development, represents the largest national expansion of HIV & AIDS services at the community and health center levels in Africa. Dr. Belkis Giorgis, the program’s NGO Capacity Building/Gender Advisor, discusses the challenges that Ethiopian women face and MSH’s family-focused, gender-sensitive approach to AIDS. To extend the reach and impact of our activities, MSH recognizes the importance of including senior staff such as Dr.

CAMBRIDGE, MA —USAID/BASICS has announced the appointment of William Newbrander as Technical Director. In the position, he will supervise the project's technical focus areas, including: pneumonia, diarrheal diseases, healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy, malaria, nutrition for children and infants, newborn survival and health, and pediatric HIV & AIDS.Dr. Newbrander joined Management Sciences for Health (MSH) in 1992 after serving with the World Health Organization (WHO) for eight years.

World AIDS Day 2006: Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise. In commemoration of World AIDS Day 2006, the following story provides insight into one of the many ways that MSH is working to mitigate the burden of HIV/AIDS in the developing world. With grants provided by MSH’s Integrated Primary Health Care (IPHC) Project and funded by PEPFAR, Khanyiselani Development Trust (KDT) in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa uses ecotherapy (or “nature therapy”) to provide orphans and vulnerable children with vital and high-quality psychosocial support.

Sub-Saharan Africa has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. In South Africa, women are more likely to die of tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, or other infectious disease than are men. Between 2000 and 2005, the United Nations estimates that half of the deaths of children below the age of five will be due to AIDS.Across South Africa, those involved in health care are struggling to improve health services for women and children and prevent these needless deaths.

CAMBRIDGE, MA —To commemorate World AIDS Day 2007, the MSH-implemented HIV/AIDS Care and Support Project is sponsoring and organizing an array of activities in Ethiopia.


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