25 September 2013 The public health community celebrated this month when it was announced that Ethiopia has reduced its under-5 mortality rate by two-thirds, reaching Millennium Development Goal 4 (MDG4) early! Below, we highlight MCHIP’s efforts in the country to improve quality of care and encourage facility-based services. These efforts—which have led to nearly twice the number of mothers in Homacho village delivering in a facility—are part of larger work that will further improve newborn and child health in the country, even beyond the remarkable achievement of MDG4.
Researchers, donors, government, implementers and partners will come together to review Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) implementation to date, and to assist African countries to act on findings presented during the symposium.
WHAT: CORE Group Fall Meeting 2013: "Social Accountability, Health Equity and Empowerment" Join the meeting to gain access to the latest ideas and tools in community health, and share yours as well! For more information on the meeting—including registration—click here. Information on all sessions can be found here. And for details on the MCHIP supported sessions, scroll below:
WHAT: On 23 September, four members of the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Neonatal Alliance shared their experiences implementing and scaling-up Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) programs.
17 September 2013 Joskesori Village, Habiganj District—In late summer, 23-year-old Bilkis Begum delivered a baby girl at Shipasha Union Health and Family Welfare Center (UH&FWC) in rural Bangladesh. This birth, the 500th safe delivery at the rural, hard-to-reach facility, is what makes it remarkable; just two years ago, access to 24-hour safe delivery services by skilled birth attendants was non-existent at Shipasha UH&FWC.  
16 September 2013 Médecine et Santé Tropicales has published an article co-authored by MCHIP entitled “Qualité des soins pour prévenir et traiter l'hémorragie du postpartum et la pré-éclampsie/éclampsie : une évaluation fondée sur l'observation dans les hôpitaux de Madagascar.” (The title in English is: “Quality of care to prevent and treat postpartum hemorrhage and pre-eclampsia/eclampsia: an observational assessment in Madagascar's hospitals.”)  
16 September 2013 Rwanda's Ministry of Health and MCHIP held an Anemia Prevention and Control Consultation in Kigali this month. The aim of the September 4th event was to discuss anemia prevention and control in the country, particularly in young children and pregnant women. Participants represented government, development partners, and the private sector, hailing hailed from diverse fields and organizations including maternal and child health, nutrition, malaria, agriculture, education, and the private food industry.
WHAT: Please join MCHIP and the Postpartum Family Planning (PPFP) Community of Practice for a global online discussion forum exploring monitoring and evaluation of postpartum family planning integrated programming. The discussion will focus on determining the benefits of integrated PPFP programming, evaluating the influence of integration, and interpreting and reporting results.
11 September 2013 Tharparkar, Sindh—Latifan, a 28-year-old community midwife in Pakistan, returned from an MCHIP led essential obstetric care (EOC) training thrilled to implement her new skills. Latifan’s Midwife-led Birthing Clinic (MLBC) is a small two-room house where one room is utilized as the clinic and the other for Latifan’s two children and husband. Post-training, she immediately began improving infection prevention at her home-based clinic to ensure that her patients and family are safe.
11 September 2013 To accelerate progress toward attaining Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5—and to reduce under-five mortality per the Call for Action Initiative—the Government of India (GOI) has prioritized 184 districts across the country’s 29 States for focused maternal and child health interventions. These poor performing areas, known as High Priority Districts (HPDs), include 11 districts in Jharkhand,1 a State that has become critical to the implementation and realization of this Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child Health + Adolescence (RMNCH+A) approach.
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