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Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health


Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health

New KruTown, Monrovia. Community members that have taken had their babies at or taken their children to Redemption Hospital for treatment. Monrovia/Liberia. Photo Robin Hammond/Panos

Most maternal and infant deaths are preventable, yet unacceptably high rates of mortality persist in many places. JSI’s work expands women’s, children’s, and families’ access to high-quality health services.

We work along the continuum of care—from the community to the health facility—to improve pregnancy, childbirth, newborn, and child health services and outcomes. We build country capacity, foster innovation and continuous learning, and help establish systems to improve health outcomes.

We integrate maternal and child health services with family planning, immunization, nutrition, sanitation, and HIV and other infectious disease prevention, care, and treatment, as appropriate.

We focus on strengthening institutions from within and supporting government health systems to incorporate community input and maximize resources so they can deliver high-quality maternal, newborn, and child health services.

We have partnered with ministries of health, community, and faith-based organizations, the private sector, and global partners in more than 80 countries to build and maintain health systems capable of delivering life-saving services and supplies to improve the health of women and children.

Learn more about JSI’s approach to improving child health through a life-course perspective.


Maternal Health
JSI promotes facility-based childbirth performed by a skilled professional, but this is often not enough to reduce maternal mortality. Facilities must have the appropriate equipment and supplies and a functional referral system and offer client-centered service. We work with health systems, providers, and communities to ensure that women around the world have access to the services and supplies they need during pregnancy, childbirth, and throughout their lives.
Our programs have improved antenatal and postnatal care through critical interventions such as iron supplementation and chlorhexidine application. We also increase access to skilled birth attendants and health facilities, and ensure better treatment of obstetric and newborn complications.
  • Strengthen the health system to deliver better client-centered care.
  • Build capacity at all levels to maintain health gains and scale-up successful interventions.
  • Strengthen providers’ skills in emergency obstetrics.
  • Improve respectful care.
  • Build links between communities and health systems by soliciting community input on the quality of care and promoting government stewardship.
Newborn & Child Health
We take a comprehensive approach to mitigating the most pressing health threats to children including malaria, pneumonia, diarrhea, and undernutrition. Our work has contributed to declines in under-5 mortality in more than 80 countries.
Our projects have included integrating community case management of childhood illnesses, supporting training for essential newborn care, and promoting early and exclusive breastfeeding. We have also been instrumental in establishing and expanding immunization programs for people of all ages.
  • Design evidence-based and contextually appropriate and programs.
  • Build capacity of health workers at all levels to meet the needs of children, including newborns.
  • Implement integrated, community-based approaches.
  • Enhance quality of delivery and integrate management of newborn and childhood illnesses into other services.
  • Build links between the community and health care facilities.
  • Strengthen the continuum of care.
  • Building on decades of leadership for child health, we are the secretariat of the global child health task force.
Chlorhexidine Umbilical Cord Care
In developing countries, 28 percent of newborn deaths are due to infections, many of which enter through the umbilical cord. We are at the forefront of global efforts to prevent newborn infections by promoting the use of chlorhexidine, a simple antiseptic, to treat freshly cut umbilical cord stumps.
In countries including Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Madagascar, we have worked with ministries to introduce, package, test, and scale-up the use of chlorhexidine for both home and health facility deliveries.
In 2013, we were awarded a Pioneer Prize for Science and Technology from USAID in recognition of the global influence of our life-saving chlorhexidine program in Nepal. Our work has been funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, the Government of Norway, Grand Challenges Canada, DFID, and UNFPA.

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