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Jhpiego Wins $100 Million Award to Accelerate Health Care Solutions for Women, Children

USAID's Momentum Award Will Help Countries on Journey to Self-Reliance

BALTIMORE, January 22, 2020 – Jhpiego, a Johns Hopkins University affiliate and global health nonprofit, has been chosen to lead the US Government’s most recent $100 million program to advance the survival and the health of women, mothers, newborns and children worldwide.

MOMENTUM is a suite of awards designed to help countries introduce, deliver, scale up and sustain the use of evidence-based, high-quality maternal, reproductive, newborn and child health care, and voluntary family planning. The MOMENTUM awards will help government partners “overcome unique health challenges and progress towards accountable, affordable, accessible, reliable, and self-reliant health care,” the US Agency for International Development (USAID) said in its award announcement.

Jhpiego, with its deep experience and expertise in maternal and newborn health, has assembled a team of 12 innovative and cross-cutting partners to lead the 5-year award known as MOMENTUM 2A. The first in this suite, MOMENTUM 2A will work in tandem with country governments and local nongovernmental organizations to provide targeted technical and capacity development assistance, and contribute to the global technical leadership and policy dialogue on improving measurable outcomes for maternal, reproductive, newborn and child health, and voluntary family planning. 

“Jhpiego is thrilled to lead a partnership with such vast technical and cross-cutting experience in advancing quality, equity and coverage of lifesaving interventions for mothers and their families,” said Dr. Leslie Mancuso, president and CEO of Jhpiego. “Our partnership will continue to provide targeted global technical leadership, build the capacity of our country partners and sustain improvements made to health systems worldwide.”

Jhpiego’s stellar team will be led by Dr. Koki Agarwal, project director for Momentum 2A. Subpartners include Save the Children, the Johns Hopkins University International Vaccine Access Center, The Manoff Group, QuicksandMatchboxology, BAO SystemsAvenir Health, McKinsey & Company, PACT, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Christian Connections for International Health and UboraQuality Institute.

Jhpiego creates and delivers transformative health care solutions that save lives. In partnership with national governments, health experts and local communities, Jhpiego builds health providers’ skills and develops systems that save lives now and guarantee healthier futures for women and their families. Jhpiego’s goals: self-reliant countries, healthy families and resilient communities. Jhpiego believes that all women and families, regardless of where they live, should have equitable access to high-quality, lifesaving health care delivered by competent and caring providers. The Baltimore-based organization has worked in more than 155 countries over the past 46 years.

Media contact: Ann LoLordo, Ann.LoLordo@Jhpiego.org, 443-831-3834