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USAID's work for maternal and child health encompasses a wide range of projects and programs. Our implementing partners span national governments, NGOs including faith-based organizations, civil society organizations and the private sector.


MOMENTUM— or Moving Integrated, Quality Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health and Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services to Scale— is a suite of projects that aims to accelerate reductions in maternal, newborn, and child mortality and morbidity in high-burden countries by increasing host country commitment and capacity to provide high-quality, integrated health care.


The Demographic and Health Surveys Program
For 30 years, USAID has pioneered the DHS Program, providing technical assistance for the implementation of more than 300 household and facility-based surveys in more than 90 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America/Caribbean and Eastern Europe.


Fistula Care Plus
Fistula Care Plus aims to strengthen health system capacity for fistula prevention, detection, treatment, and reintegration in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.


Integrating Community Health Program
The Integrating Community Health Program (ICH) is a collaboration between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) that will support countries to achieve and sustain effective coverage of proven health interventions at scale and contribute to preventing child and maternal deaths.


Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP)
Awarded in 2014, the (MCSP) was announced as a multi-partner, flagship program in support of USAID’s efforts to improve maternal and child survival. MCSP’s work is evidence-based and results oriented.


MEASURE Evaluation Phase IV
The MEASURE Evaluation Phase IV project assists partner governments and institutions to generate and make use of high-quality health systems data that can be used to guide decision-making on effective interventions.


Post-Abortion Care
Caring for women after delivery or loss of infant by miscarriage or abortion.


Prevention and Treatment of Eclampsia and Pre-Eclampsia
The project to prevent and treat pre-eclampsia and eclampsia (PE/E) aims to improve the early detection and management of PE/E, including by increasing the use of magnesium sulfate, an underutilized priority commodity for reproductive maternal, newborn and child health.


Saving Lives at Birth
Saving Lives at Birth seeks innovative ideas to leapfrog conventional approaches in three main domains: (1) technology; (2) service delivery; and (3) "demand side" innovation that empowers pregnant women and their families to practice healthy behaviors.


Social and Behavior Change Programs
Through Breakthrough RESEARCH, Breakthrough ACTION, TRANSFORM, and ACCELERATE, USAID is developing and implementing cutting-edge research and evidence-based interventions for social and behavior change.
Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Partnerships and Learning for Sustainability (WASHPaLS)
WASHPaLS aims to reduce morbidity and mortality in children under 5 by ensuring that programming employs high-impact, evidence-based environmental health and water supply, sanitation, and hygiene interventions. The program identifies best practices for the delivery of WASH services and sustained behavior change that is necessary to eliminate open defecation and move communities up the sanitation ladder.


Past Projects

Every Preemie: SCALE

Through Every Preemie: SCALE, USAID catalyzed global uptake of preterm/low birthweight interventions, overcame bottlenecks, and significantly increased learning about implementation challenges and solutions to addressing preterm complications.

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Saving Mothers, Giving Life

The SMGL partnership brought together national governments, NGOs, the private sector and professional associations to reduce maternal and newborn mortality through a health systems approach emphasizing access to clean, safe childbirth services and timely emergency care.

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Survive & Thrive Global Development Alliance

The Survive & Thrive Alliance worked with country governments and health professionals in countries throughout Asia and Africa to improve health outcomes for mothers, children and newborns through clinical training, systems strengthening and policy advocacy.

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