In Niger, where the Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) project has worked to improve nutrition since 2015, MIYCN [maternal, infant, and young child nutrition] behaviors are influenced by cultural norms and practices, including polygamy and an emphasis on male decisionmaking.
An opportunity to close the gap and reach for better gender equity in pregnancy prevention?
Through the USAID-supported Vriddhi project, JSI India conducted a landscape assessment of reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) service delivery in the private sector. The study aimed to collect evidence for a private sector engagement strategy for RMNCH.
In northern India, JSI is working through PUSHTi, a community-centered initiative, to integrate nutrition, health, sanitation, and hygiene in order to address the immediate and underlying causes of undernutrition among women, adolescent girls, and children.
Strong health systems need strong leaders. USAID Transform: Primary Health Care is strengthening Ethiopia’s health management leadership so that it can reduce preventable child and maternal death through simple cost-effective and proven interventions such as increased immunization and deliveries in health facilities, and improved perinatal access, attendance, and care.
Through the Vriddhi project, JSI is facilitating the use of injectable gentamicin by Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs) in accordance with recommendations from the Government of India. During monthly meetings, ANMs who have been successful in identifying eligible cases and administering the lifesaving injection share their stories. This creates a space where other ANMs feel comfortable discussing the challenges they face and reaching out to experienced ANMs when they need support.
In an ever-changing public health landscape, knowledge exchange is crucial to overcome challenges and utilize new opportunities to improve health.
In countries like Rwanda, the Maternal and Child Survival Program is working to protect children from diseases and to improve their access to lifesaving treatments. This includes building capacity to plan, leverage resources, and scale up high-impact, cost-effective child health interventions. It also means extending child health services to hard-to-reach populations and those with limited access to services.
In many countries, at both community and facility levels, it is often under-resourced frontline health workers who enter duplicative data into paper-based systems—data which is then not used effectively for decision-making. Workshop attendees learned how digital tools are being used to collect data as part of service provision and shared across interoperable information systems. This interoperability allows development of people-centered information systems and facilitates continuity of care.
In 2016, an initiative to deliver a life-saving inexpensive drug called chlorhexidine (CHX) to all newborns in Pakistan was launched by the Pakistani Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation, and Coordination, CHX National Working Group, and USAID’s JSI-managed Health Systems Strengthening Component. Dr. Nadeem Hassan explains why this partnership is important to improving newborn health outcomes.