I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all of the hard work and support you have given to MCHIP over the course of the year. Year 2 was a period of remarkable growth and progress and we have much to be thankful and hopeful for as we move into Year 3 of our Program.
Some highlights of our past year include:
14 new countries joined us this past year and planning for this year has began in 8 countries. We are in over 35 countries worldwide!
Within these countries, MCHIP supported 753 health facilities and 13, 814 communities
MCHIP helped allow for nearly 230,000 children delivered by a skilled birth attendant
We drafted over 30 national and international policies combined
Over a million clients received family planning counseling when attending essential maternal, newborn and child health services
MCHIP also continued to serve as a global leader by supporting the
global Helping Babies Breathe Initiative, providing immunization input to WHO, UNICEF and the GAVI Alliance, creating a quality of care facility survey to study the use of life saving interventions for maternal health using mobile technologies in five African countries, initiating a global effort with WHO to develop better measures of obstetric care and bringing key partners together to develop standardized tools for community case management.
We recognize that our program success can be attributed to the outstanding commitment, perseverance, dedication and technical excellence of MCHIP staff worldwide. We have grown as a family across the globe and this is a glowing testament to the leadership and management expertise of MCHIP staff, your strong partnerships with host country governments and partners and USAID’s trust in our abilities to deliver results.
We remain inspired as we visit various country programs, observe MCHIP staff make high-powered technical presentations, lead global discussions, create policy change, and reach the hardest to reach women, children and their families with life saving interventions.
This excellence in performance is no doubt achieved by the long hours of work, exceptional dedication, and multitasking under pressure of all our dedicated team-members--at the district, country and global levels.
We look forward to welcoming an ever-growing family of experts in different countries as we all collectively strive to ensure healthy outcomes for women and newborns around the world- and to continuing to work with our host country governments to make it happen.