Maternal and Child Health

Results for Development works with change agents in low- and middle-income countries to provide analysis, facilitate collaborative learning, shape markets and support increased public-private engagement to strengthen health systems and reduce preventable maternal and child deaths.

The Challenge

Every year, more than six million children under age 5 die from preventable causes and nearly 300,000 mothers die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related causes (WHO 2016). High-impact interventions to reduce preventable maternal and child deaths exist, but they cannot be sustained within weak health systems.

Effective and resilient health systems are needed to ensure access to high-quality services for mothers and children across the continuum of care. Holistic health systems strengthening efforts combined with clinical- and community-based interventions can help to sustain reductions of and further decrease preventable maternal and child deaths globally.

Our Work

R4D’s approach to strengthening health systems for maternal and child health services often begins with a focus on an individual system component like financing or health workforce. It also incorporates a holistic approach to ensure supportive management, governance and policy functions, which together produce sustainable improvements to the health system and, ultimately, to maternal and child health service delivery.

R4D’s maternal and child health work seeks to improve sub-national management systems and capacity, incorporate financial planning and analysis into sustainability planning, and monitor and improve the design of high-impact maternal and child health interventions to better target the underserved.

In addition to strengthening health systems, R4D works to improve maternal and child health in other ways:

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R4D Digital Communities

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