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JSI Showcases Innovations in Health at AOTC Conference
August 22, 2017
JSI is pleased to be featured in the 2017 Acting on the Call Best Practices booklet and to also be showcasing innovations in maternal and child health as part of the Innovation Marketplace Exhibit during the 4th Acting on the Call Summit 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, August 24th and 25th.
The Governments of Ethiopia and India, in collaboration with USAID, UNICEF, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, are organizing the conference. This year’s theme is “Overcoming Critical Barriers to Maternal and Child Survival.”
JSI submitted best practice examples including scaling up the use of chlorhexidine throughout Nepal by working in partnership with the government to increase demand, availability, and use of the product. JSI will also share information on supportive supervision for community-based newborn care in Ethiopia, where the Last 10 Kilometers (L10K) project has supported training of 28,108 health extension workers to provide lifesaving care for newborns. In addition, the Acting on the Call best practices document features L10K’s participatory quality improvement approach, which engages communities in health programs and has led to improvements in health center infrastructure, improved antenatal care coverage and quality, and increased coverage of deliveries at health centers. Finally, the best practices booklet will also include a submission from the SPRING project’s multi-sectoral nutrition programs in Ghana, which take a “1,000-day household” approach to engage family members in supporting maternal and child nutrition.
As part of the Innovation Marketplace, JSI will be exhibiting and highlighting different strategies and projects that have worked to improve maternal and child health in various countries. This includes:
- The Chlorhexidine Navi (Cord) Care Program: working to reduce newborn deaths and newborn sepsis in Nepal through the use of chlorhexidine. The project has reached 95% population coverage in Nepal and prevented over 8,000 newborn deaths thus far.
- The Farmer Nutrition School, a part of Strengthening Partnerships, Results and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING): focuses on improving household production and consumption of diversified, micronutrient-rich foods, and encouraging pregnant and lactating women and mothers with children under two to adopt improved nutrition and hygiene practices.
- Strengthening High Impact Interventions for an AIDS-free Generation (AIDSFree): improves the quality and effectiveness of high-impact, evidence-based HIV interventions—such as HIV testing, treatment, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, voluntary medical male circumcision, and condom promotion.