The Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP), the U.S. Agency for International Development’s flagship global maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH) program, focuses on reducing maternal, neonatal and child mortality and accelerating progress toward achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5. Awarded to Jhpiego and partners in September 2008, MCHIP works with USAID missions, governments, nongovernmental organizations, local communities and partner agencies in developing countries to implement programs for sustainable improvements in MNCH. In support of USAID’s strategic approach1 for advancing maternal and child health, MCHIP aims specifically to achieve impact at scale by: addressing the barriers to accessing and using focused, evidence-based interventions along the MNCH continuum of care, from pre-pregnancy to age five; and linking communities, first-level health facilities and hospitals. MCHIP also promotes and supports the integration of family planning, malaria and HIV/AIDS activities within MNCH programs as appropriate.
To address the major causes of mortality among women and children, including malnutrition, MCHIP is expanding upon experience and lessons learned through six USAID-funded programs (ACCESS, BASICS, IMMUNIZATIONbasics, POPPHI, ACCESS-FP, and Child Survival Technical Support Plus [CSTS+]), by:
• Implementing high-impact, effective interventions at scale, based on the country context and using global and local data;
• Using innovative program approaches to achieve country MNCH goals, including performance-based financing, health systems strengthening and public-private partnerships;
• Building global consensus and sustained government commitment to support results-oriented, high-impact, effective MNCH interventions;
• Influencing country programs to incorporate effective, feasible, high-impact interventions and approaches based on global evidence;
• Maximizing the use of local programs supported by MCHIP to advance field-based learning and innovation; and
• Strategically integrating critical interventions with existing services and wrap-around programs.
Within the MCHIP partnership, Jhpiego, the lead partner, heads efforts relating to maternal health, family planning/reproductive health and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT); John Snow, Inc.—child health, immunization and pediatric AIDS; Save the Children—newborn health, community interventions for MNCH and community mobilization; PATH—nutrition and health technology; Johns Hopkins University''s Institute for International Programs—research and evaluation; Broad Branch—health financing; Population Services International—social marketing. Macro International continues support for the Child Survival and Health Grants Program and the Malaria Communities Program. Under this Leader with Associate Award, USAID Missions and Regional Bureaus can access the project through traditional field support and MAARD mechanisms to the Leader Award, or through stand-alone Associate Awards. In addition to the MNCH priority countries, MCHIP can work in any country with Mission or regional Bureau funds.
Countries: India, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Nepal in Asia; Benin, Ghana, Mali, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, Nigeria, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Lesotho, Swaziland and Burkina Faso in Africa; and Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Paraguay and Bolivia in the Latin America and Caribbean Region
For more information about the MCHIP Program, please visit our Web site: www.mchip.net
1 USAID’s strategic approach for advancing maternal and child health is to focus on 30 “priority countries” —those with a well-documented magnitude and severity of need, an established USAID Mission presence and the capacity to implement expanded MNCH programming.
2 From these strategically located program bases, MCHIP is laying the foundation to implement high-impact interventions in the USAID-identified priority countries. And over the longterm, it is anticipated that all 68 “MDG Countdown Countries” (countries where more than 97% of maternal and child deaths occur) will benefit from MCHIP-developed learning tools and life-saving approaches.
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, please visit our Web site: www.jhpiego.org