Zimbabwe is currently experiencing an upward trend in maternal, newborn and child mortality rates, and an overall decline in life expectancy at birth. The Assessment of Primary Health Care in Zimbabwe (2009) found that fewer than half of households (46%) have access to a village health worker in their wards. Additionally, routine immunization coverage has dropped by close to 20% since the late 1990s.
The Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program’s (MCHIP) work in Zimbabwe contributes to improved maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) and family planning (FP) outcomes by helping to rebuild the capacity of the public health system to deliver high-impact interventions at the district hospital, rural health center and community levels.
MCHIP works hand-in-hand with the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare (MOHCW) and its national and international partners to achieve the following objectives:
• Develop national policies and strategies that affect the population’s access to and the quality of a set of high-impact MNCH/FP interventions;
• Improve the quality of maternal and newborn health services provided in district hospitals and high-volume rural health centers;
• Improve the coverage and quality of high-impact MNCH/FP interventions provided by primary care nurses in rural health centers and by village health workers in communities; and
• Increase routine immunization coverage—focusing on those districts with large numbers of unimmunized children—and assist the MOHCW to obtain and successfully introduce the pneumococcal vaccine (PCV-10) by 2013.
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.