Global goals to end preventable deaths of women and children are necessarily ambitious, and they are achievable. We focus on supporting stakeholders to identify and address key bottlenecks in delivery of essential health services for women and children, most notably the poor and hard-to-reach. Our approach leverages and integrates local resources — public, private, and civil society — to expand access to quality, high impact services along the care continuum.
Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health.
Cutting-edge Technologies in Global Health Supply Chains
To improve access to high-quality health products worldwide, the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management project employs cutting-edge technologies and industry best practices to make global health supply chains more efficient and reach more people.
Catalyzing Behavioral Change
High-impact communications campaigns transformed awareness and prevention of health challenges in Zambian communities.
Delivering Family Health Services in Rwanda
Rwanda made great strides in improving its previously faltering health care system, but family health services still had a long way to go.
International Day of the Midwife: Promoting Diversity to Reduce Disparities in Maternal Health
A recent article highlighted the staggering disparities that persist in maternal and neonatal outcomes in America. The disparities are in part because of societal and racial bias within the health-care system. In New York, black women are four times more likely than white women to die in childbirth. Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia are life-threatening pregnancy-related conditions that are sixty percent more…
Innovations for Maternal and Newborn Health: Getting from “Great Ideas” to “Global Lifesavers”
Think we’ve made progress in maternal and newborn health (MNH) in the past 30 years? You’re right: Maternal mortality has dropped from 550,000 deaths due to pregnancy-related causes a year to 303,000, and newborn mortality from 4.4 million to 2.7 million newborns each year. But if you think that still sounds like a lot of…
What World Breastfeeding Week Means for These Women
It’s World Breastfeeding Week (WBW), so I should probably start by saying: I’m a huge advocate of breastfeeding. It can be a lovely way for a mother and baby to bond, and it offers a wonderful source of nutrition to a growing infant. It appears to have many benefits to mothers and babies and a positive impact on…