Regional Actors Addressing Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health in Africa: Comparative Advantages, Challenges, and Opportunities


Maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) is a focal area for many regional bodies across Africa, as the continent currently accounts for more than 60 percent of all maternal deaths and almost half of all newborn and under-five deaths globally each year. Intergovernmental partnerships and crossborder collaboration add value to the fight to save the lives of mothers and children. In an environment with a multiplicity of MNCH policies and programs at national, regional, and global. Understanding how regional actors operate, as well as their comparative advantages and challenges, will help ensure that governments, policymakers,donors, and implementers more effectively engage with them and leverage their full potential to end preventable child and maternal deaths. This brief is part of the ASH project Regional Health Sector Actor Landscape Series.