Maternal Health

JSI has implemented programs and projects to reduce maternal deaths and illness, increase early detection of cervical and breast cancers, and significantly decrease caesarean section delivery rates. Actions to improve maternal nutrition, prevent and treat maternal malaria, address gender norms that lead to poor health, and enable healthy timing and spacing of births are also pivotal to JSI’s work.


Read 'Commitments Fulfilled: JSI's Results for Every Woman Every Child,' which summarizes the impact made through collaborative iniatives in four key technical areas.
 
While about 350,000 women die in childbirth every year, the great majority from developing countries, most of these deaths are avoidable with existing, inexpensive technologies. Yet inequities abound and the poorest women remain the most likely to die. JSI addresses such inequities and continued high mortality through an integrated approach that is contextualized to address the many issues involved in reducing maternal mortality.

JSI has a long history of successful initiatives that address women’s health care needs, including improving the quality of maternal care during pregnancy and delivery, and increasing access to family planning both preconception and postpartum. Helping families—and fathers in particular—to recognize and respond appropriately to maternal emergencies has been a specific focus for JSI efforts to change behavior and ensure maternal well-being. JSI uses a range of approaches, such as television media, billboards, and radio, as well as new technologies—e.g., mobile phone—as appropriate to reach target audiences with maternal health messages. In all of our work, JSI partners with leaders from communities to national level and collaborates with experts from clinics to business schools.

To learn about ongoing maternal health work, read staff posts on JSI's blog, The Pump.

Highlights

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: Health extension workers help an Ethiopian community improve health services for women and children

Health extension workers help an Ethiopian community improve health services for women and children

The Last 10 Kilometers project organizes local task forces in rural Ethiopia that work together to identify and overcome obstacles to maternal health initiatives in their communities.

PROJECT
View details: Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Plus Adolescence (RMNCH+A Innovations)

Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Plus Adolescence (RMNCH+A Innovations)

JSI is developing strategies and innovative approaches to help the Government of India implement high-impact interventions to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality rates throughout the country.

FEATURE
View details: Lowering the maternal mortality rate in Nigeria

Lowering the maternal mortality rate in Nigeria

The Targeted States High Impact Project enlists religious leaders to promote healthy behavior in their communities; The Quran is used to teach healthy mothering practices, like breast feeding and allowing at least two years between pregnancies.

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.

FEATURE
View details: Maternity hospitals create a supportive environment for mothers-to-be in Russia

Maternity hospitals create a supportive environment for mothers-to-be in Russia

Family-centered maternity care interventions supported by the Maternal and Child Health Initiative raise the standards of delivery room practices in Russia.

PROJECT
View details: Russia Institutionalizing Best Practices in Maternal and Child Health (IBP-MCH)

Russia Institutionalizing Best Practices in Maternal and Child Health (IBP-MCH)

JSI introduced international best practices for improving access to, and use of, high quality reproductive, maternal, and child health services in targeted federal districts in Russia to decrease maternal and infant mortality.

PROJECT
View details: Pakistan Initiative for Mothers and Newborns (PAIMAN)

Pakistan Initiative for Mothers and Newborns (PAIMAN)

JSI built the capacity of the health system, fostering a community-based approach and an environment of increased awareness and informed decisionmaking across all levels of the health system, to ensure a continuum of care for mothers and newborns.

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