The Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) began working in Southern Sudan to continue the important technical assistance to the National EPI, which was provided by the IMMUNIZATIONbasics project. The work conducted by IMMbasics in the early part of 2009 highlighted the considerable work that needed to be done in Southern Sudan to increase immunization coverage in a sustainable fashion. In 2009, MCHIP participated in a national consensus workshop on the draft National Immunization Policy that had been developed earlier in the year with the support of IMMbasics.
MCHIP has also worked alongside national EPI staff to develop terms of reference for immunization positions at all levels of the health system, to develop supervision checklists and to draft a set of frontline health worker training modules based on the well-known “Immunization in Practice” modules. In addition, the Program worked with national staff to further develop and adapt the Reaching Every County Guidelines for field testing and eventual use in Southern Sudan, and continues to provide assistance and support for the printing and dissemination of the National EPI Policy.
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.