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

Dates: 2008-2012

Country: Russia

Client(s): USAID

Services: Technical Assistance, Assessment, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research, Program Development, Training, Quality Assurance and Improvement, Capacity Development

Technical Expertise: Family Planning & Reproductive Health, Maternal Health, Newborn and Child Health


Russia has made significant progress during the past two decades toward improving the health status of women and children. Compared to Western Europe, the United States, and recommended international standards, however, a gap still remains. Although encouraging declines have been recorded, Russia’s maternal mortality rate, infant mortality rate, and abortion rate continue to be of concern, as do a reportedly increasing infertility rate and an increasing HIV prevalence rate.

In addition to poor maternal and child health status, Russia also faces a low birth rate. Although some recent reports indicate that the birth rate in Russia may be increasing, the overall trend is still low. Understandably, the resulting decline in the population has become one of the Russian government’s major concerns.

The Institutionalizing Best Practices in Maternal and Child Health (IBP-MCH) Project built on the successful experience of reproductive health and maternal and child health activities from previous USAID-funded projects conducted by JSI and IFH at the regional level in Russia.

The goal of the IBP-MCH project was to decrease maternal and infant mortality in Russia by improving access to, and use of, high-quality reproductive health (RH) and maternal and child health (MCH) services in targeted federal districts through the introduction and replication of international best practices to improve birth outcomes and maternal health. The project also supported development of centers of excellence at the federal district level to foster Russian ownership and promotion of these techniques. In addition, IBP-MCH worked to encourage contraceptive use among women of reproductive age who want to postpone pregnancy, so as to decrease abortion rates and improve maternal and infant health through birth spacing in selected federal districts.

IBP-MCH was a four-year project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by John Snow, Inc (JSI) and the nonprofit Institute for Family Health, Information and Research (IFH-IR).

Read the related blog post by Natalia Vartepetova on Respectful Care: A new term for the family-centered approach that women have been requesting


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