Maternal, Neonatal & Child Health
Project HOPE trains and empowers local health care workers to improve maternal, neonatal, and child health.
Project HOPE has been improving maternal, neonatal, and child health (MNCH) in more than 28 countries since 1985. We are a founding member of the CORE Group and emphasize the use of evidence-based best practices in MNCH integrated throughout our programs. Our current MNCH programs prioritize the achievement of the Every Newborn Action Plan, focusing on improving health outcomes for newborns.
Our key approaches include:
- Increasing knowledge and skills of the local health workforce to provide evidence-based maternal and neonatal interventions including:
- Basic and comprehensive emergency obstetric and neonatal care;
- Routine care of newborns such as initiation immediate thermal care and support for early and exclusive breastfeeding;
- Hygienic cord and skin care;
- Resuscitation with bag and mask;
- Provision of support for sick, pre-term, and low-birthweight babies through case management of infections including in the community and appropriate care in Special Care Baby Units and Neonatal Intensive Care Units; and
- Kangaroo Mother Care and extra support for feeding small and pre-term babies
- Promoting access to essential and appropriate tools, equipment, and supplies for the health workforce to provide appropriate and quality care.
- Developing competency and practice-focused neonatal nursing programs including in-service and post-basic tracks.
Project HOPE also has experience working with local partners to establish children’s hospitals in Krakow, Poland; Shanghai, China; Basrah, Iraq; and Johannesberg, South Africa.