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Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health

IntraHealth is a leader in developing and implementing effective new strategies that save women's and children's lives. Our key approaches include:

  • Improving the performance of health workers as they care for women and newborns, including by:
    • Integrating services
    • Strengthening basic and comprehensive emergency obstetric and newborn care
    • Building health workers' skills in key interventions, such as active management of the third stage of labor
    • Improving referral systems
  • Building partnerships between health workers and communities to improve quality of care.
  • Using mobile phones, eLearning, and other technologies to improve maternal, newborn, and child health care.
  • Training health workers to recognize obstructed labor and prevent obstetric fistula.
  • Training health workers to recognize neonatal signs of distress and refer clients as necessary for immediate care and treatment.
  • Integrating prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission into all aspects of maternal, newborn, and child health care.
  • Training health workers in the treatment of major causes of illness and death of children under five, including malaria, acute respiratory infections, diarrheal disease, and malnutrition
  • Advocating for and helping countries develop policies that enable frontline health workers to offer promotive, preventive, curative, and palliative primary health care.

Selected Achievements

Improved the health of mothers and babies throughout rural India through technology and training for community-based midwives and accredited social health activists.

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Assisted over 1,000 women with fistula repair treatment in Ethiopia. Over 4,000 health workers and over 2,300 community volunteers have received fistula-related training.
Collaborated with Ethiopia's Ministry of Health to develop guidelines such as the training package for basic emergency obstetric care, a roadmap for safe motherhood, and plans to scale up Option B+ and eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

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Strengthened basic emergency obstetric care in 519 health centers in Ethiopia.

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Scaled up and built demand for PMTCT services in Ethiopia, including supporting PMTCT-MNCH service integration in 1,025 health centers—about 1.4 million pregnant women have received HIV testing, and thousands of HIV-positive women have received treatment.

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