PSMNCH Call for Proposals – Selected Initiatives

Action Against Hunger

The $8.5-million Maternal and Child Health initiative (MATCH) will contribute to the reduction of maternal and child mortality in Guatemala and Kenya by improving the delivery and utilization of essential nutrition-related health services. It will also help strengthen local nutrition-related health information systems through improved management of data collection, dissemination and utilization of data for local, national and global decision making.

Adventist Development and Relief Agency

The $20.1-million Enhance Mother, Newborn and Child Health in Remote Areas through Health Care and Community Engagement (EMBRACE) initiative aims to reduce preventable stunting and maternal-child mortality in hard-to-reach targeted regions of Cambodia, Philippines, Burma and Rwanda. It will help increase the consumption of nutritious foods and supplements by mothers, pregnant women and children under the age of five by raising awareness of nutrition issues and providing supplies and training on how to grow healthy and diverse foods in household gardens. It will also train midwives, nurses, traditional birth attendants and community health volunteers on safe birthing practices. The initiative will be implemented through a consortium led by ADRA Canada in partnership with the Hincks-Dellcrest Institute and Youth Challenge International.

Afrique Future Canada (in French)

The $4.6-million Mother and Child Health Centre in Oliga initiative will help reduce maternal and child mortality in an underprivileged region in Cameroon. It will help provide access to, and delivery of, quality health services as well as raise awareness among community members of appropriate maternal, newborn and child health practices. The initiative will contribute to strengthening health systems.

Aga Khan Foundation Canada

The $24.9-million Access to Quality Care through Extending and Strengthening Health Systems (AQCESS) initiative aims to improve the health of mothers, newborns and children in targeted regions of Kenya, Mali, Mozambique and Pakistan. Activities include equipping and upgrading health facilities for safer deliveries and newborn care, treating infections and malnutrition, facilitating eHealth applications, and improving disposal of biomedical waste. The initiative will primarily contribute to strengthening health systems and reducing the burden of diseases affecting mothers and children. It will also contribute to improving nutrition of mothers and children through promotion of healthy behaviours, and to ensuring accountability of results, with a focus on improving community and health facility-level data collection, analysis and use. The initiative will also raise awareness among Canadians of MNCH issues.

Amref Health Africa in Canada

The $24.9-million Canada-Africa Initiative to Address Maternal, Newborn and Child Mortality aims to reduce maternal, neonatal and child mortality in select communities in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania. It will use an integrated approach focused on improving health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene services. This initiative will be implemented through a consortium led by Amref Health Africa in partnership with the Christian Children’s Fund of Canada, the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and WaterAid Canada.

Canadian Red Cross

The $16.6-million Improving Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Complex Humanitarian Contexts initiative will help reduce maternal and child mortality in the regions of Koulikoro and Sikasso in Mali. Activities include raising awareness of ways to prevent illness through proper hygiene and sanitation; training health workers in the delivery and promotion of an integrated package of MNCH services; and training health staff to collect, analyze and use administrative MNCH data. The initiative is implemented through a consortium led by the Canadian Red Cross Society in partnership with The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).

CARE Canada

The $21.1-million Southern African Nutrition Initiative (SANI) aims to improve the nutritional status of women of reproductive age (15-49 years) and children under five in targeted regions of Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia, while working with local health authorities. Activities include training health workers to treat and provide education on malnutrition in mothers, pregnant and breastfeeding women, and infants and children under the age of five; encouraging optimal breastfeeding; establishing household and school gardens to grow a diversity of nutritious foods; and raising awareness of good water, sanitation and hygiene practices. The initiative will be implemented through a consortium led by CARE Canada in partnership with McGill University, CUSO International, and the Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development.

Carrefour de solidarité international (in French)

The $3.9-million Integrated MNCH Interventions in Mali and Peru initiative aims to reduce maternal and perinatal mortality in rural regions of Mali and Peru by improving the health services provided to mothers and children and by strengthening the capacity of health personnel in the targeted areas. The initiative will also train health workers on recommended World Health Organization practices concerning maternal and child nutrition. As part of this initiative, learning events will be held in high schools in the Estrie region of Québec on global maternal, newborn and child health issues, and Canada’s leadership and efforts in MNCH.

CAUSE Canada: Christian Aid for Under-Assisted Societies Everywhere

The $4.4-million IMPACT Guatemala and Honduras initiative aims to improve health service access and use by pregnant and lactating mothers and children under five years of age in over 100 hard-to-reach communities in Guatemala and Honduras. The initiative will help strengthen health systems by renovating existing structures and ensuring they are staffed with well-trained MNCH aides. The initiative will also contribute to improving maternal, newborn and child nutrition by increasing consumption of nutritional food and supplements by pregnant and lactating women as well as children under the age of five, and encouraging women to initiate early breastfeeding and to exclusively breastfeed their infants for at least five months.

Christian Children’s Fund of Canada

The $6.6-million Promoting Maternal, Newborn, Infant and Child Sustainable Health Efforts (PROMISE) initiative aims to reduce maternal and child mortality in Ghana, Malawi and Rwanda through an integrated approach focusing on health service delivery and utilization and improved nutrition. It will help promote respectful and supportive maternity care, as well as mother and baby-friendly environments. It will also help foster engagement by fathers and ensure supportive supervision for new mothers. The initiative will be implemented through a consortium led by the Christian Children’s Fund of Canada in partnership with ADRA Canada and Emmanuel International Canada.

Cowater International Inc.

The $23.2-million Partnerships for Strengthening MNCH in Malawi initiative aims to improve the health of mothers, pregnant women, newborns and children in targeted regions of Malawi. The initiative will strengthen health systems through improved sanitation and medical waste management at health facilities, and through improved capacity of health facility personnel. Activities include training health workers on the importance of good sanitation and hygiene as a key measure to prevent infection; establishing hand washing stations at health facilities; and developing a mobile birth registration system. The initiative will be implemented by a consortium led by Cowater International Inc. in partnership with Plan International Canada and the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.

Cuso International

The $11.4-million Midwives Save Lives initiative will help reduce maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity and ensure safe childbirth by strengthening the availability, access to and quality of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health services delivered through midwives in Benin, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia and Tanzania. Activities include developing and delivering training, mentoring and providing equipment to midwifery instructors, and facilitating meetings to review and discuss national regulatory and licensing infrastructure for midwifery. The initiative will be implemented through a consortium led by Cuso International in partnership with the Canadian Association of Midwives.

effect:hope – The Leprosy Mission Canada

The $4.4-million Every Child Thrives – Reaching the unreached with de-worming and Vitamin A in Côte-d’Ivoire and Kenya initiative aims to reduce the morbidity and mortality of children under the age of five in 24 underserved communities in Côte d’Ivoire and Kenya. These communities are currently not reached by national vitamin A supplementation and de-worming programs. The project will increase access to vitamin A supplementation and preventative de-worming treatments for pre-school aged children, as well as help improve the delivery of essential health services to mothers, pregnant women, newborns and children. The initiative will contribute to reducing disease and improving nutrition.

Fondation Jules et Paul-Émile Léger (in French)

The $7.6-million Maternal and Child Health in Léogâne and Gressier in Haiti initiative aims to reduce the rate of mortality among pregnant women, newborns and children under the age of five by supporting four health centres in the targeted communities in order to offer obstetrics and neonatal emergency services. Activities include training personnel in reproductive health, and rehabilitating and constructing community health centres to deliver essential health services. The initiative will contribute to strengthening health systems and reducing the burden of diseases. The initiative will be implemented through a consortium led by Léger Foundation in partnership with the Centre de cooperation international en santé et développement.

Fondation Paul Gérin-Lajoie (in French)

The $5.6-million Prenatal, Perinatal, Postnatal and Nutritional Support initiative aims to reduce maternal and child mortality in the Departments of Grand’Anse and South Haiti in Haiti. The initiative will contribute to strengthening health systems, improving nutrition and reducing the burden of disease by establishing diagnostic health centres; training health workers; and conducting research in the areas of food security, nutrition, breastfeeding and hygiene. The initiative will be implemented through a consortium led by the Fondation Paul Gérin-Lajoie in partnership with the University of Montreal’s Faculty of Nutrition and Medicine, and the University of Montreal’s Unité de Santé Internationale.

Geospatial/SALASAN Consulting Inc.

The $3.9-million Technology for Maternal and Child Health initiative aims to reduce maternal and infant mortality and morbidity in 15 districts of the northern and upper-west regions of Ghana. It will make easy-to-understand maternal health information accessible to expectant mothers and mothers of newborns through the use of information communications technology. The initiative will also address newborn survival in remote, rural areas with targeted messages and interventions for issues such as maternal tetanus immunization, clean cord practices, exclusive breastfeeding, skin-to-skin care, and the recognition and early treatment of infection.

Global Aid Network

The $3.6-million Benin and Togo MNCH initiative will help build and sustain MNCH in rural communities in Benin and Togo through the delivery of multiple, complementary health interventions. The initiative will improve access to clean water, provide training in healthy practices and gender equality, and increase absorption and consumption of nutritious foods by mothers, pregnant women, newborns and children under the age of five. The initiative will contribute to strengthening health systems, reducing disease and improving nutrition.

GRID & NEA: Ghana Rural Integrated Development

The $1.9-million Leyaata Ane initiative aims to reduce neonatal mortality in Ghana. It will focus on training health workers, encouraging the adoption of codes of conduct and ensuring health facilities meet basic requirements for safe care around birth. The initiative will contribute to strengthening health systems as well as helping to improve the delivery and use of essential health services by mothers, pregnant women, newborns and children under five.

HealthBridge Foundation of Canada

The $4.2-million Strengthening Health Systems and Improving Nutrition in Nepal and Vietnam initiative aims to strengthen existing health systems by improving health management capacity, improving delivery and access to quality health care and nutrition services, promoting healthy nutrition and behaviours, and engaging men and family members to reduce gender-related barriers. The initiative will help improve the use of essential health services by mothers, pregnant women, newborns and children under five, as well as increase their consumption of nutritious foods. The initiative will also raise awareness and increase the engagement of Canadians in MNCH issues.

Horizons of Friendship

The $15.2-million Reducing Gaps for Indigenous Peoples initiative aims to reduce maternal and child mortality in Guatemala’s predominantly Indigenous Department of Totonicapan. It will help improve the delivery of health services through increasing service coverage, especially in remote areas; training, monitoring and equipping indigenous midwives; and improving the collection and submission of data on vital events. It will also help increase the utilization of essential health services by mothers, pregnant women, newborns and children under the age of five. This includes increasing family access to personalized counselling on family planning, exclusive breastfeeding and full immunization.

Inter Pares

The $2.3-million Innovation in Reducing Maternal Mortality in the Philippines initiative aims to reduce maternal and infant mortality in urban slums and typhoon-ravaged communities in the Philippines. It will help improve the delivery of basic MNCH services such as family planning, skilled birth attendants, emergency obstetric care, and newborn care. The initiative will also establish an integrated network of four trusted, non-profit MNCH clinics to deliver essential health services and outreach to benefit mothers, pregnant women/girls, newborns and children. The initiative will contribute to strengthening health systems and reducing disease. It is also aims to increase Canadian public engagement in MNCH issues.

Jane Goodall Institute of Canada

The $4.1-million Delivering Healthy Futures initiative will contribute to the reduction of maternal and child mortality in 20 villages of the Democratic Republic of Congo by improving the delivery of pre-natal, antenatal and post-natal care by health workers. It will increase the awareness of community members of reproductive health, family planning, safe pregnancy, water and sanitation, and childhood disease prevention. It will also increase access to health services by pregnant women, mothers and children.

L’AMIE (in French)

The $1.0-million Maternal and Child Health in Burundi initiative aims to reduce maternal and child mortality in Burundi. It will improve access to, and delivery of, essential health services by improving the skills of health centre workers. Due to the high rate of HIV in the country, particularly among vulnerable groups such as marginalized women, the initiative will focus on implementing a plan for the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission. The initiative will contribute to strengthening health systems. The initiative will be implemented through a consortium led by L’AMIE in partnership with the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.

Médecins du Monde Canada (in French)

The $7.3-million Santé djanm pou manman ak timoun initiative aims to reduce maternal and neonatal and infant mortality through an integrated health approach in seven communes in Haiti. Activities include increasing access to micronutrients for pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and children under the age of five, promoting a nutritionally diverse diet and exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby’s life. The initiative will contribute to strengthening health systems and improving nutrition. The initiative will be implemented through a consortium led by Médecins du Monde in partnership with the Centre de coopération internationale en santé et développement.

Mennonite Central Committee Canada

The $9.3-million Strengthening MNCH in Afghanistan initiative will focus on life-saving services for the identification and treatment of acute malnutrition in children under the age of five in three provinces in Afghanistan (Bamyan, Kandahar and Wardak). In addition to the delivery of these emergency services, it also aims to improve dietary diversity, enhance food security, ensure access to clean water, and provide hygiene education and access to essential sanitation facilities in all three provinces. The initiative will contribute to strengthening health systems, reducing water-related and other preventable diseases, and improving nutrition.

Oxfam-Québec

The $13.6-million Healthy Mothers and Children in the Democratic Republic of Congo initiative aims to reduce maternal and child mortality by improving access to, and delivery of, adapted health services for mothers and children under age five and increasing the skills of health workers. Activities include rehabilitating 20 maternity wards; caring for 3,500 HIV-positive mothers and newborns; and implementing education campaigns on family planning, sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancy. The initiative will contribute to strengthening health systems and improving health and nutrition.

Plan International Canada

The $55.1-million Strengthening Health Outcomes for Women and Children (SHOW) initiative aims to improve the health of women, adolescent girls, mothers, newborns and children in poor and under-served areas of Bangladesh, Ghana, Haiti, Nigeria and Senegal. Activities include training health workers on key MNCH interventions, improving access to essential health services and providing health facilities with mobile technology and vehicles to facilitate emergency transportation. The initiative will contribute to strengthening health systems and ensuring accountability for results.

The Presbyterian Church in Canada

The $4.1-million Presbyterian World Service and Development Maternal, Newborn and Child Health 2015-2020 initiative aims to build local and facility-level capacity and accountability to reduce barriers preventing pregnant women and mothers from utilizing sexual and reproductive health services in one province of Afghanistan and two regions of Malawi. It will help improve the quality and supply of services at the facility level by improving the skills and attitudes of health care workers, as well as ensuring that the facilities have the appropriate tools. It will also improve demand for health services by increasing women’s decision making for their own and their children’s health, increasing male support for women’s decision making, increasing community participation in sexual and reproductive health, and changing behaviors that put women and girls at risk.

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund

The $17.7-million All Mothers and Children Count initiative aims to reduce illness and death among women of reproductive age, newborns and children under the age of five in villages in Burundi, Mozambique, Rwanda and Tanzania. Activities include training health workers to dispense accurate advice on ante and post-natal care, promote healthy habits, provide basic health care and identify high-risk pregnancies. The initiative will also improve access to clean water and nutritious food and contribute to improving maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition.

Tula Foundation

The $7.6-million Scaling up MNCH in Guatemala initiative aims to reduce maternal and child mortality by strengthening essential maternal, newborn and child health services in that country. It will scale up the existing community eHealth initiative, currently being implemented in one region of Guatemala, to three other priority regions chosen by the local Ministry of Health. This will improve the delivery of essential MNCH services and strengthen the development of evidence-based interventions by using community eHealth information system data. The initiative is implemented by a consortium led by the Tula Foundation in partnership with McMaster University. The initiative will contribute to strengthening health systems and ensuring accountability for MNCH results.

Université de Montréal – Unité de Santé Internationale

The $11.1-million Supporting the Mother-Child Health Continuum initiative aims to reduce maternal, newborn and child deaths in Haiti’s northern region. Activities include training health managers and health care providers to deliver high-quality health services, including obstetric care; rehabilitating health centers and providing essential medical equipment; and raising awareness among local populations on the benefits of public health services. The initiative will be implemented through a consortium led by the Université de Montréal in partnership with the Centre d’étude et de cooperation international (CECI).

University of Calgary

The $10.7-million Regional Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Strengthening in Tanzania initiative aims to reduce the number of maternal, newborn and child deaths in Tanzania by working with local health authorities to strengthen local health systems. The initiative will be implemented through a consortium led by the University of Calgary in partnership with Agriteam Canada Consulting Ltd., the Canadian Paediatric Society, Save the Mothers and the Mbarara University of Science and Technology.

Western University

The $8.9-million Training, Support and Access Model for MNCH in Rwanda and Burundi initiative aims to reduce maternal and child mortality by focusing on addressing an education and training gap for emergency care related to maternal, newborn and child health. It will train local community health care workers on early signs of perinatal complications, develop a mentoring and coaching program, and utilize a SMS referral system to increase women’s access to health services. The initiative will also enhance the capacity of specialized health care providers by developing MNCH certificate education programs and integrating MNCH emergency care issues into existing nursing and midwifery curricula.

World Neighbours Canada

The $1-million World Neighbours Canada Maternal-Child Health Initiative aims to improve the health of mothers and young children in Nepal, Honduras and Burkina Faso by focusing on drinking water, sanitation, health education, nutrition and family planning. This initiative will improve village and household water infrastructure, deliver health education for parents, and enhance nutrition and food security. It will also promote the increased participation of women in leadership roles on water and health committees. It will also engage Canadians on MNCH issues in developing countries through public events in British Columbia communities.

World Vision Canada

The $41.6-million Enhancing Nutrition Services to Improve Maternal and Child Health in Africa and Asia (ENRICH) initiative aims to improve the health and nutrition of mothers, newborns and children in Bangladesh, Burma, Kenya, Pakistan and Tanzania. Activities include raising awareness of key nutritional practices, such as dietary diversity, and working with farmers and communities to grow more micronutrient-rich fruits and vegetables, develop home gardens and engage in animal husbandry. It will also enhance Canadian engagement in maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition issues. This initiative will be implemented through a consortium led by World Vision Canada in partnership with the Micronutrient Initiative.

World University Service of Canada

The $8.4-million Improving Maternal and Child Health Program – Phase 2 aims to reduce maternal and child mortality in four of the poorest regions of Burkina Faso. The initiative will help strengthen health systems and improve the professional skills of health personnel in the areas of prenatal, delivery and post-natal care. It will also contribute to an increased awareness of optimal breastfeeding practices, and good hygiene and nutrition among pregnant women, mothers and children. The initiative is implemented through a consortium led by World University Service of Canada in partnership with Université Laval and Farm Radio International.