Maternal, newborn and child health
Women and children are one of the most vulnerable populations in developing countries. According to the UN, nearly 300,000 women died from complications due to pregnancy and childbirth worldwide in 2013. While there has been a 45% reduction in maternal mortality, rates are 15 times higher in developing regions as opposed to developed. Sub-Saharan Africa (56%) and Southern Asia (29%) account for 85% of the global burden, with 245,000 maternal deaths in 2010. At the country level, India and Nigeria account for a third of global maternal deaths with 19% (56,000) and 14% (40,000) respectively.(1)
CHMI profiles more than 300 maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) programs using innovative approaches to deliver and finance healthcare. These range from vouchers that improve access to basic health services to chains of clinics that provide low-income mothers with affordably priced services such as pre-natal care, deliveries, and newborn care. This page highlights these programs, including their countries of operation, primary funding sources, and innovative delivery and financing approaches used to improve access, quality and affordability of healthcare for mothers and children.
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In Malawi, government-supported community health workers—called health surveillance assistants (HSAs)—deliver a range of maternal, neonatal, and child health (MNCH) interventions in several community packages, each developed vertically and supported by a different department within the Ministry o