MOMENTUM 3A | Announcement

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New mothers at the Kitovu Mission Hospital, Masaka, Uganda
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USAID Awards $40 Million To Support Safer Surgical Care For Women

On September 25, 2020, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the latest in a series of new global health awards to accelerate reductions in maternal, newborn, and child mortality and morbidity in high-burden countries. This award, valued at up to $40 million and subject to annual appropriations, falls under the MOMENTUM suite of projects. Collectively, these projects aim to increase the capacity of partner country institutions and local organizations to introduce, deliver, scale-up, and sustain the use of evidence-based, high-quality maternal, newborn, and child health care, voluntary family planning, and reproductive health care.

Even though the world has made significant progress in reducing maternal mortality over the past 25 years, women still die or suffer disproportionately from treatable complications of childbirth in many of the countries where USAID works. Bolstering the capacity of health care providers to deliver comprehensive and quality surgical care is critical to continue progress toward ending preventable deaths.

MOMENTUM 3A will focus on strengthening surgical safety within maternal health and family planning programs by promoting evidence-based approaches and testing new innovations. This MOMENTUM award will promote awareness of, equitable access to, and high quality of care for voluntary and consented safe surgeries: Caesarean delivery, fistula repair, childbirth-related hysterectomy, long-acting reversible contraception, and permanent family planning methods. By promoting respectful care and safe surgeries, this project also aims to support the overall health and well-being of women and their families through the prevention of conditions and complications that could lead to or occur as a result of surgery, including non-medically indicated C-section, obstetric fistula, and inadvertent fistula from c-section or hysterectomy.

The project will be implemented by EngenderHealth, with three partners: IntraHealth International, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Johns Hopkins Center for Communications Programs.


This award emphasizes working with local partners and country institutions to improve childbirth outcomes and better meet people’s voluntary family planning needs by identifying and reducing barriers to maternal health and family planning care seeking; catalyzing action among communities; promoting gender equity and respectful maternity care principles; and generating research and learning to support scaling new approaches.

Last updated: October 06, 2020

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