Russia Maternal and Child Health Initiative

Dates: 2003-2007

Country: Russia

Client(s): USAID

Services: Program Development, Technical Assistance, Training, Quality Assurance and Improvement, Capacity Development

Technical Expertise: Newborn and Child Health , Health Systems Strengthening, HIV , Maternal Health


Building on the successes of JSI's Women and Infant Health (WIN) Project (1999-2003), JSI implemented the Russia Maternal and Child Initiative (MCHI) from September 2003-April 2007. Funded by USAID, MCHI worked in 16 regions of the Russian Federation, conducting trainings and activities in capacity building and policy reform to institutionalize internationally-recognized, evidence-based client-centered, maternal and child health standards and practices. MCHI's essential areas included antenatal care, family-centered maternity care, essential newborn care, exclusive breastfeeding, family planning counseling and services, and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

MCHI's impressive accomplishments include dramatic increases in breastfeeding, childbirth with fewer medically unnecessary interventions, rooming-in after birth, and contraceptive use. The initiative also helped form multisectoral working groups on youth reproductive health and develop PMTCT Guidelines that were adopted nationwide by the Russian government. With the support of JSI, a new indigenous Russian legacy organization has been established to sustain the successes of MCHI - the Institute for Family Health (IFH). IFH is currently implementing the successor to MCHI, the USAID-funded MCHI II Project.


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