The Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) provides technical support to the Ministry of Health in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) and to other implementing partners to improve maternal, newborn and child health. Technical assistance is provided by linking strategies to introduce practical, evidence-based interventions at the community and facility levels. In addition, MCHIP promotes communication strategies to improve family behaviors related to maternal, newborn and child health at the community level.
MCHIP’s priorities in DR Congo include the integration of essential newborn care with active management of the third stage of labor, early postnatal care of mothers and babies at the peripheral facility level and kangaroo mother care. MCHIP works with the national immunization program and is providing support for a multi-agency external review and routine planning meetings. In addition, the Program focuses on scaling up community case management for the treatment of pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria, and the referral of cases of malnutrition. Emphasis is placed on revitalizing diarrhea disease case management in the country by improving health workers’ ability to manage diarrhea and reinforce communication for improved home care. In addition, MCHIP supports the expansion of water treatment and hygiene behavior change activities in three cholera-endemic health zones in the South Kivu province.
The Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) is the USAID Bureau for Global Health’s maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH) program. MCHIP supports global programming in MNCH, immunization, family planning, malaria and HIV/AIDS, and strongly encourages opportunities for integration. Cross-cutting technical areas include water, sanitation, hygiene, urban health and health systems strengthening.
MCHIP brings together a partnership of organizations with demonstrated success in reducing maternal, newborn and child mortality rates and malnutrition. Each partner is taking the lead in developing programs around specific technical areas. Jhpiego is the Prime on MCHIP, leading a coalition of the following partners: JSI, Save the Children, PATH, JHU/IIP, Broad Branch, PSI and Macro International.
For more information about MCHIP, see full MCHIP description on this Web site or visit www.mchip.net.
For nearly 40 years, Jhpiego, (pronounced "ja-pie-go"), has empowered front-line health workers by designing and implementing simple, low-cost, hands-on solutions that strengthen the delivery of health care services, following the household-to-hospital continuum of care. We partner with community- to national-level organizations to build sustainable, local capacity through advocacy, policy and guidelines development, and quality and performance improvement approaches.
For more information about Jhpiego, visit www.jhpiego.org.