Capabilities and Experience in Maternal and Child Health and Family Planning

Fact Sheet

For nearly 50 years in 150 countries, MSH has worked with and through local health actors to strengthen health systems, improve the quality of health care, and ensure that all people, even the poorest and most vulnerable, have the opportunity for a healthy life. At the heart of MSH’s work is our core commitment, inspired by Lao Tzu’s 3,500-year-old Tao (Way) of Leadership, to empowering local partners and colleagues to define, achieve, and sustain success. This approach has enabled us to collaborate effectively with the broadest possible range of partners and stakeholders to safeguard women’s, children’s, and adolescents’ health in a range of diverse settings. At MSH, our systems perspective helps build strong, resilient, sustainable local health systems that not only provide lifesaving services and medicines in maternal, child, and adolescent health, but also build the necessary foundation to make sure that those services are available in the right place at the right time to every woman, child, and adolescent who needs them.

MSH currently receives $200 million for maternal, child, and family planning programming from seven different entities, which include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, Global Fund, UNFPA, US Agency for International Development (USAID), and World Bank. We have more than 430 technical experts globally, with 400 staff on the ground in 24 countries. MSH implements innovative activities in maternal and child health and family planning in Burkina Faso, Guatemala, Haiti, Mali, and Mexico, and multi-year integrated projects in those areas in Benin, Madagascar, Malawi, and Nigeria. We also deploy experts in health systems areas such as healthcare costing and financing, and supply chain management for maternal child and family planning services and commodities to provide short-term assistance.