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

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



Successfully treated 1,000+ women suffering from obstetric fistula in Mali.
Improved the health of mothers and babies throughout rural India through technology and training for community-based midwives and accredited social health activists.


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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