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:
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.
Trained 61 district-based MNCH coaches and mentored more than 800 staff on high-impact MNCH interventions such as partograph use, active management of the third stage of labor, kangaroo mother care, and provision of a complete essential newborn care packa
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.
Established 230 mothers’ support groups for HIV-positive women at facilities in Ethiopia offering PMTCT services—the groups have increased uptake of antiretroviral prophylaxis (98% among pregnant mothers and 96% among infants).
In Ethiopia, implemented our “Five Dimensional Model” for advocacy against female genital cutting, which was selected by USAID in 2007 as one of three best practices in eliminating this form of gender-based violence.
Developed mSakhi, an award-winning mobile phone application and job aid that helps frontline health workers more effectively communicate with pregnant women and mothers, ensuring improved maternal, newborn, and child health services.