Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health
Improving the well-being of mothers, newborns, infants, and children is an important public health goal for USAID and its implementing partners. Far too many women, newborns and children worldwide have little or no access to quality health services, clean water, adequate sanitation and nutrition. Millions of pregnant women, new mothers, newborns and children experience severe illness or death each year, largely from preventable or treatable causes. The U.S. has placed a higher priority on MNCH and adopted “ending preventable child and maternal deaths” as one of its three main global health goals.
Maternal, infant and child mortality and morbidity rates are still a significant problem in many developing countries. NPI EXPAND will work with local non-governmental organizations to improve and strengthen their MNCH programs in order to address these deficiencies. These strategies can include:
- promote and strengthen respectful care strategies;
- improve and expand access to quality antenatal and post-natal care;
- improve access and uptake of immunizations
- include skilled care at birth and emergency obstetric care.
- treating severe newborn infections
- increased use of simple, low-cost interventions, such as breastfeeding, keeping newborns warm and dry,
- scaling-up use of oral rehydration therapy (ORT) with zinc
- increased use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets for children under five and pregnant women
- increase use of sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine for pregnant women to prevent malaria
- improved access to and use of clean water, sanitation, and hygiene practices like handwashing;
- improved nutrition;
- treatment of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).
- increasing access to services, including through community-based clinics
- community mobilization, behavior change communication and social marketing to promote the use of the products and services above
 U.N. Interagency Group on Child Mortality Estimates (IGME), Levels and Trends in Child Mortality Report 2019, 2019; WHO, Trends in maternal mortality: 1990 to 2017, 2019.
 Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, Strategic Framework 2012-2015, November 2011.