In 1999, Jhpiego brought the same passion we had for family planning to the broader sphere of ensuring safe childbirth for women and their newborns around the globe. That year, the organization expanded its work to encompass maternal and newborn health programming through its leadership of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Maternal and Newborn Health Program (MNH).
And since then, Jhpiego has continued to lead in the field of maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) by also managing the ACCESS Program and, more recently, USAID’s flagship global Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP), operating now in nearly 50 countries.
During the past 14 years, Jhpiego has promoted the household-to-hospital continuum of care, helping women better prepare for birth and avoid the delays that often lead to maternal mortality. We have trained tens of thousands of providers on active management of the third stage of labor to reduce postpartum hemorrhage; influenced governments to change national guidelines to promote focused antenatal care; and encouraged a renewed focus on pre-eclampsia/eclampsia as a leading cause of maternal mortality.
Focusing on MNCH has allowed us to work more closely with midwives and midwifery training institutions. We have supported midwifery associations from Afghanistan to Indonesia to encourage, support and represent this very important cadre of health care worker. The broad platform of MNCH has allowed Jhpiego to expand its comprehensive approach to quality improvement and to introduce innovative ways to integrate MNCH with family planning and HIV services.
Over the years, Jhpiego has extended its reach to more than 45 countries, improving health care services for hundreds of thousands of women and changing the practices of tens of thousands of health care providers.