Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health

Background

Women and children in the developing world are susceptible to a wide range of disease and antenatal issues due to poor access to quality healthcare, hygiene and sanitation.


MCDI has worked for over 30 years to improve these conditions for women and children. MCDI works to fight high-mortality complications of pregnancy, improve health conditions of children, and satisfy the unmet need for family planning services in developing communities.


Maternal and Newborn Health

MCDI aims to improve the health situations of women of maternal age, pregnant women and newborns. By increasing registration for antenatal care visits amongst pregnant women, preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV, encouraging breastfeeding of newborns, and building capacity amongst post-natal caregivers to increase child survival rates, MCDI has helped to increase health outcomes for mothers and their children.


In Myanmar, MCDI works to improve maternal and neonatal health through distributing long-lasting insecticide treated nets (LLINS) to mother through antenatal services to prevent malaria in pregnancy, as well as training health workers on basic emergency obstetrics and neonatal care.


Children's Health

Every minute, 12 children under the age of five die throughout the world. MCDI strives to end preventable child deaths through a broad array of interventions, but has specifically focused on child survival through malaria control, water and sanitation, integrated management of childhood illnesses (IMCI), managing immunization coverage, improving nutrition, and improving access to supplies and behavior change communication (BCC).


MCDI's programs integrate interventions in order to achieve the most widespread success in improving the lives of children under five. Under MCDI’s Bioko Island Malaria Control Program, for example, it has been shown that through intensive malaria control, under-five mortality on the island decreased substantially through key interventions, including distribution of Long Lasting Insecticide-Treated Nets (LLINs) and Indoor Residual Spraying – reaching over 95% of the island’s population – and through promoting access to malaria diagnostics and treatment. These interventions reduced the malaria infection prevalence in children under five by 57% in four years and reduced the overally childhood mortality rate by 64%.


Family Planning

Affording women the ability to plan if or when they have children greatly increases successful birth outcomes and the health of their families. MCDI has provided family planning counseling and supplies to women in rural communities with limited access to health facilities.


MCDI has integrated family planning services with water and sanitation interventions as well as with other maternal, newborn and child health projects. Mass media campaigns, mass contraceptive distribution and community mobilization have also allowed MCDI to improve access to quality family planning services and inform numerous communities about safe reproductive health practices.