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Malawi: Improving Maternal and Newborn Health Outcomes in Four Focus Districts (through MCHIP)


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The Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) works in four focus districts of Malawi to improve maternal and newborn health outcomes, increase the use of family planning, integrate activities related to the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) with ongoing maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) activities, and prevent and treat malaria.

To achieve its goal of supporting the Ministry of Health and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)/Malawi to accelerate the reduction of maternal, neonatal and child mortality through increased utilization of MNCH services and the practice of healthy maternal, neonatal and child behaviors, MCHIP is focusing on the following results:

Facility Level: • Increased access to and availability of high-quality, facility-based essential maternal and newborn care and child and postpartum family planning services.

Community Level: • Increased adoption of household behaviors that positively impact the health of mothers, newborns and children under five years of age; and • Increased availability of community-based maternal newborn health (MNH) services through Health Surveillance Assistants.

Enabling Environment: • Strengthened MNH policies, planning and management in place at the national, zonal and district levels • Increased commitment of resources for MNH from the Government of Malawi and other donors; and • Strengthened planning and monitoring of MNH activities at the community level.

About MCHIP:

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

About Jhpiego:

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





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