Integrated Management of Neonatal and Childhood Illness (IMNCI) Training for MCSP Facilities and the Importance of Job Aids in Institutionalizing IMNCI

In 2013, Liberia launched a shortened 6‐day IMNCI training curriculum. The Maternal and Child Survival Program organized one of the first large‐scale training activities using this new training curriculum. Participants felt that the IMNCI training was one of the most relevant and useful skills building, in-service training activities that they have had the opportunity to participate in during their clinical careers. It closed the gaps in the quality of care for assessing and managing sick young infant and children under five years of age.

Bouncing Back: Resiliency and Community Health Systems – Liberia, Nepal and Pakistan

Developing countries often face the unexpected: disease outbreaks, natural disasters, and political unrest. To sustain advances in their health systems while safeguarding communities, health staff and organizations need strategies that promote system resilience—the capacity to anticipate and respond to crises; maintain core functions when shocks strike; and reorganize when extreme conditions or circumstances arise.

Thinking Broadly about Reducing Missed Opportunities

For many, immunization services provide multiple, potentially lifesaving contacts with women during the first year postpartum. And because immunization and family planning services are two of the most cost-effective health interventions—and integrating them is a promising high impact practice for improving family planning—deaths from reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health conditions have the potential to be substantially reduced when integrated packages of interventions are scaled up across the continuum of care. MCSP/Jhpiego’s Chelsea Cooper and MCSP/JSI’s Rebecca Fields, examine the impact that integrating the two interventions would have on providing holistic care to women and children.

Can Trained Traditional Midwives Become Agents of Change for Nutrition?

JSI’s Agnes Guyon reflects on the effectiveness of engaging trained traditional midwives to improve nutrition practices in Liberia.

Using Multi-Sectoral Programming to Strengthen Malnutrition Prevention efforts in Africa

Ella Jaiblai, Essential Nutrition Actions advisor for the LAUNCH project in Liberia, reports from the Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy (MSN) Global Learning and Evidence Exchange (GLEE) Workshop last January in Accra, Ghana.

Restoring Confidence in a Challenged Health System: MCSP in Liberia

The 2014 Ebola outbreak badly damaged Liberia’s health system, leaving only 44% of health facilities throughout the country functioning in its wake. In a new blog, The Maternal and Child Survival Program’s Kelly Dale and Rose Macauley explain what is being done to restore confidence among Liberians in the country’s health system.

Recording Temperatures to Save Lives: Ebola prevention in the United States

While the number of Ebola cases in West Africa continue to decrease, it is still important that countries nationwide take necessary precautions to prevent the spread of Ebola and other infections. Through programs like Massachusetts Ebola Virus Monitoring Project, travelers can be sure that the reporting process goes as smoothly as possible so that they and their communities remain healthy.