Community-based intervention packages facilitated by NGOs demonstrate plausible evidence of child mortality impact

Publish Date: February 2013
Author: Jim Ricca, Nazo Kureshy, Karen LeBan, Debra Prosnitz, Leo Ryan
Language: English

Co-authored by MCHIP staff, this article was published in Health Policy and Planning and presents the results of an analysis of 12 community-based projects implemented by nongovernmental organizations worldwide. The projects are funded through USAID’s Child Survival and Health Grants Program to which MCHIP gives technical support.

All 12 projects substantially increased coverage of multiple high-impact interventions. LiST analyses showed that 11 of the 12 projects reduced child and newborn mortality by greater than the concurrent trend.  In fact, the average reduction in under-five mortality rate was twice the concurrent decline experienced by the area surrounding the project, according to DHS data (5.3% vs. 2.5% annually). All these projects used community-based strategies to ensure frequent interpersonal contact for health behavior change.

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