Kenya: Improving Infant and Young Child Nutritional Status and HIV-Free Survival (through MCHIP)
Start Date: 01/01/2009
End Date: 12/31/2014
The Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) is working to support four divisions of the Ministry of Health in Kenya–Child and Adolescent Health (DCAH), Vaccines and Immunizations (DVI), Reproductive Health (DRH) and Nutrition (DN)–to build their management, supervision, information technology, monitoring and evaluation and institutional capacities. MCHIP provides technical assistance in the area of child health to revitalize and strengthen diarrheal disease case management in Kenya. The project is designing and implementing a strategy for improving infant and young child nutritional status and HIV-free survival of infants and young children. Additionally, MCHIP is assisting to develop operational plans for integrating infant feeding and preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV with maternal and child health services, strengthening nutritional surveillance in selected districts, and disseminating HIV and infant feeding and counseling guidelines. In addition, the Program is supporting rapid immunization situational assessments and the development of action plans for strengthening immunization services, and improving and sustaining coverage. Through a strategic analysis of Child Survival and Health Grants Program (CSHGP) data, MCHIP will report on factors affecting the uptake of CSHGP grantee strategies and innovations by other organizations in Kenya, and provide recommendations for increasing uptake of CSHGP innovations. MCHIP continues to strengthen the quality implementation and scale-up of evidence-based interventions for prevention of maternal and newborn complications by institutionalizing active management of the third stage of labor, obstructed labor, puerperal sepsis, and essential newborn care and resuscitation practices. About MCHIP: The Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) is the USAID Bureau for Global Health's maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH) program. MCHIP supports global programming in MNCH, immunization, family planning, malaria and HIV/AIDS, and strongly encourages opportunities for integration. Cross-cutting technical areas include water, sanitation, hygiene, urban health and health systems strengthening. MCHIP brings together a partnership of organizations with demonstrated success in reducing maternal, newborn and child mortality rates and malnutrition. Each partner is taking the lead in developing programs around specific technical areas. Jhpiego is the Prime on MCHIP, leading a coalition of the following partners: JSI, Save the Children, PATH, JHU/IIP, Broad Branch, PSI and Macro International. For more information about MCHIP, see full MCHIP description on this Web site or visit www.mchip.net. About Jhpiego: For nearly 40 years, Jhpiego, (pronounced "ja-pie-go"), has empowered front-line health workers by designing and implementing simple, low-cost, hands-on solutions that strengthen the delivery of health care services, following the household-to-hospital continuum of care. We partner with community- to national-level organizations to build sustainable, local capacity through advocacy, policy and guidelines development, and quality and performance improvement approaches. For more information about Jhpiego, visit www.jhpiego.org.