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Maternal and Child Health

A happy baby at health post for a check-up
A happy baby at a health post after receiving a check-up

USAID supports integrated packages of evidence-based interventions delivered across a continuum of care at family, community and facility levels. Ethiopia has one of the world’s highest rates of maternal deaths and disabilities in the world, with 19,000 women dying from childbirth-related causes each year. Every year 257,332 children under age five die, and 120,000 die in the first month of life. More than 60 percent of infant and 40 percent of under-five deaths in Ethiopia are neonatal. By increasing availability of services like skilled birth attendance and essential newborn care/treatment—especially to underserved populations—USAID aims to reduce maternal, neonatal, and child mortality rates.

Activities include

  • Integrated Family Health Project (IFHP): Improve family health by strengthening and promoting increased use of high-impact family planning, maternal, newborn and child health practices, products and services.

  • Polio Disease Surveillance and Response: Assist the Government of Ethiopia in achieving certification level for polio eradication through strong and reliable Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) surveillance and high level of immunization.

  • Maternal Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP): Support efforts to curb maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality by expanding Integrated Family Health Project initiatives that aim to improve health practices at the household and community level.

  • Last Ten Kilometers (L10K): Expanding Demand, Access and Use of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Interventions. USAID Ethiopia’s support complements the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded activities to increase access to selected maternal, newborn and child health interventions including basic emergency obstetric and newborn care and scale up of integrated community based case management of childhood illnesses in selected zones of Oromia Region in order to improve maternal, newborn and child health outcomes.

See also

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Last updated: April 16, 2014

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