The Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Programme
The Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Programme (MNCH2) goals are designed to provide consistent, high quality care for women and children from pregnancy through to the child’s fifth birthday. It focuses on six states (Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Yobe and Zamfara) because, at the start of the programme, these were suffering the highest number of maternal and child deaths from avoidable causes.
It’s a project with many strands and a consortium was created to deliver it – each consortium partner is responsible for one or more technical areas. We were appointed for our strategic planning expertise and our role involves working with national, state and local government health organisations to help them improve the efficiency of external aid and develop their own capacity to plan and budget effectively for health programmes. We have developed a user-friendly organisational capacity assessment tool (OCAT) based on the World Health Organisation (WHO) health system domains. The OCAT provides an objective and measurable way for the health organisations to identify strengths and weaknesses and provides learning exercises to increase the capacity of managers and technical leads. We’ve designed the OCAT to be simple, with critical domains weighted using a highly visual traffic light dashboard display that shows performance and progress.
We have strategic planning coordinators in each state and we run consultations, workshops and planning sessions to provide ongoing support and ensure that plans for health programmes are fit for purpose, robust and supported by adequate resources.
MNCH2 focuses on improving the health of mothers and young children by strengthening local health organisations and empowering communities to shape their own health services. In this way it will continue to save lives long after the end of the programme.
MNCH2’s targets for the duration of the project include:
- 5m births assisted by skilled health workers
- 700,000 newborns and mothers receiving professional care in the first 24 hours after birth
- 4m children under one year fully immunised against vaccine-preventable diseases
- 9m women making at least four visits for ante natal care
- Over 1.5m new receptors of modern family planning methods
Who else is involved
Palladium leads the MNCH2 consortium, which also includes
- The Society for Family Health (SFH)
- Marie Stopes International
- The Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH)
- Axios Foundation.