While many countries have achieved improvements in maternal, newborn and child morbidity and mortality, persistent inequities remain. A look at averages across regions and countries misses the differences among various socio-economic and ethnic groups, and between rural and urban communities, where the most vulnerable are often left behind.
MSCP is helping countries to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health care by working across health system levels to develop and implement national quality policy and strategies. We’re also building the capacity of subnational managers to lead and support local improvement work. This includes tracking prioritized quality measures across sites, strengthening use of data, improving provider clinical and quality improvement skills, and increasing community engagement.
We’ve seen tremendous progress in global health in the past quarter century, but stubborn gaps remain. Closing these gaps – in health service coverage, quality and equity – requires new ways of thinking and working to “reach the unreached” and prevent needless maternal and child deaths.
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What’s the key to saving 5.6 million children and 200,000 women over just 4 years? Building strong and resilient health systems.
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Community health is essential for countries to reach every woman and child with health services and to achieve their national health goals. Community interventions and approaches, including engagement of civil society and communities themselves, are needed to advance equity and achieve primary health care for all.
MCSP helps countries to design, implement and monitor equitable health programs to narrow the gaps in health access, coverage and outcomes between advantaged and disadvantaged groups. We help countries to choose and incorporate promising pro-equity approaches, monitor outcomes using feasible and valid measurements, and adjust programs based on these findings.
When women are empowered to make decisions about their futures, their families tend to be healthier, happier and more prosperous – as do they. MCSP works to mitigate gender inequalities that act as barriers to optimal health outcomes for women and girls. These include lack of decision-making power and discriminatory treatment, including gender-based violence. Inequalities extend to limited male engagement in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health, and negative gender attitudes faced by female health workers that impact service quality.