Newborn and Child Health

 

Learn more about JSI's work on improving newborn health and reducing neonatal mortality.

JSI is actively engaged in ending preventable newborn and child deaths in the most under-served areas of the world. Despite important progress made, 6.6 million children under the age of five globally die each year because they lack immunizations, clean water, basic nutrition and essential newborn and child health care.

Since the early 1980s, JSI has implemented child health programs in more than 80 countries throughout Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia. From supporting essential newborn care to under-five child health interventions, we have strengthened community, health facility, and health system efforts to help children live longer and better lives. JSI’s expertise spans a wide variety of areas, including training community health volunteers, strengthening integrated community case management, improving performance of health facility workers, improving national supply chains, increasing the use of data for decision-making, developing health policy, and more.

For more than three decades, JSI has been at the forefront of innovations in neonatal and child health. For example, JSI was noted as a world leader in vitamin A supplementation programs, and has been instrumental in advancing diarrheal disease control and community-based pneumonia care programs.

Over the past five years, JSI has helped lead the use of the antiseptic chlorhexidine (CHX) for umbilical cord care to reduce newborn mortality from sepsis. In 2013, JSI’s Chlorhexidine Navi (Cord) Care Program in Nepal was a Grand Prize winner in the Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenges initiative, and in 2014, it was selected as one of four USAID-wide initiatives that its new Development Laboratory will work to scale-up in 20 countries. Learn more about JSI's work introducing chlorhexidine.

JSI is currently a partner on USAID's global flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program, providing technical leadership in the areas of child health and immunization. In addition, JSI supports USAID’s Acting on the Call: Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths and the global initiative, Ending Preventable Child Deaths from Pneumonia and Diarrhea by 2025.


To learn about ongoing child health work, read staff posts on the JSI blog, The Pump.

Highlights

PROJECT
View details: Maternal and Child Survival Program

Maternal and Child Survival Program

The follow-on to USAID's flagship MCHIP, MCSP is supporting high-impact maternal and child health interventions in 24 priority countries. JSI leads the Program's child health, immunization, and pediatric HIV work.

FEATURE
View details: Healthy preemies and confident parents in Ukraine

Healthy preemies and confident parents in Ukraine

Kangaroo Mother Care teaches new parents how to provide the best care for preterm babies.

PROJECT
View details: Ethiopia Integrated Family Health Program Plus

Ethiopia Integrated Family Health Program Plus

Through IFHP Plus, JSI is improving maternal and child health and increasing the availability and quality of services, products, and information, and strengthening the national health system to support local health needs.

FEATURE
View details: Moving from treatment to prevention for child infections in the West Bank

Moving from treatment to prevention for child infections in the West Bank

A young child receives life-saving care at a well-baby clinic in Jenin, West Bank supported by the Hanan Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition program.

PROJECT
View details: Chlorhexidine Navi (Cord) Care Program

Chlorhexidine Navi (Cord) Care Program

JSI is working to reduce newborn deaths in Nepal through the use of chlorhexidine to prevent neonatal sepsis. The project is scaling up a promising treatment to prevent infection among newborns in Nepal.

FEATURE
View details: Improving infant care in rural communities in Nepal

Improving infant care in rural communities in Nepal

A health worker trained by the Morang Innovative Neonatal Intervention (MINI) helps save the life of an ailing infant in Morang District, Nepal.

PROJECT
View details: Strengthening Partnerships, Results and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING)

Strengthening Partnerships, Results and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING)

SPRING is scaling up high-impact nutrition practices and policies by providing technical support on preventing stunting and maternal and child anemia, linking agriculture and nutrition, and changing behavior through communication.

PROJECT
View details: Madagascar Community-Based Integrated Health Program (CBIHP -also called MAHEFA)

Madagascar Community-Based Integrated Health Program (CBIHP -also called MAHEFA)

Madagascar is one of the world's poorest countries, with 80% of the population living in remote, poverty-stricken areas. JSI implements this program to improve access to and use of health services and safe water, hygiene, and sanitation.

PROJECT
View details: Maternal & Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP)

Maternal & Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP)

From 2008 – 2014, MCHIP catalyzed integration of programs and services designed to reduce maternal, newborn, and child mortality in more than 50 countries.

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