Reducing maternal, newborn and child deaths by increasing access to quality services.
The UK aid-funded Maternal, Newborn and Child Health programme (MNCH2) improved access to high quality maternal and newborn health care and routine immunisation to reduce maternal, newborn and child deaths. Options worked as part of the MNCH2 programme team (led by Palladium) to improve essential health care for pregnant women, newborns and children in six northern states: Katsina, Kaduna, Kano, Yobe, Jigawa and Zamfara. The programme trained health workers, strengthened health planning and financing, and tackled drug supplies to improve the quality of services delivered. It also raised awareness, provided emergency transport and improved referral systems to increase timely access to life-saving care.
Options supported the use of data on use of services to ensure that planning and decision-making by facilities and government staff responded to actual need. We helped communities and civil society groups to access information on health services, and to use this information to demand better services when and where they are needed. Across the programme we provided technical expertise to ensure that MNCH2 improved the quality of services – through training, lobbying for additional resources, better planning and resource management, and ensuring that staff and equipment were available at facility level.
We did this by:
By 2019, this programme aimed to increase skilled birth attendance from 19% to 45% across the six northern states. The programme estimated that it will save the lives of 60,000 children, 42,000 newborns and 2,000 pregnant women in the six programme states.
Measuring the benefits to the communities they serve
To mark International Women’s Day 2020, we spotlight a series with Options staff working on the frontlines in the fight for gender equality.
Since 2014, we have supported local health services through renovation and the provision of basic equipment.
This is how we contributed to improving access to quality maternal and newborn health services in 37 facilities in Kenya.
We helped state-led accountability mechanisms to promote accountability and advocate for improved delivery and access of maternal health services.