Rwanda: Preventing Malaria and Expanding Immunization Efforts (through MCHIP)
Start Date: 01/01/2009
End Date: 12/31/2014
The Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program's (MCHIP) work in Rwanda expands on efforts implemented through the ACCESS, BASICS and the Twubakane programs. MCHIP works at both the national level (to strengthen malaria in pregnancy [MIP] interventions and the national immunization program) and at the community level (to strengthen and support both MIP and community case management [CCM] interventions, as well as to facilitate the implementation of education and behavior change messages). Specifically, MCHIP supports the national strategy for the prevention and treatment of malaria in pregnancy and the involvement of community health workers (CHWs) in CCM and by strengthening linkages between the CHWs and the health facilities. MCHIP also builds on the experience of the IMMUNIZATIONbasics project in Rwanda, which provided support for the introduction of the pneumonia vaccine in 2009. Rwanda was the first country in Africa to introduce the vaccine, and project staff worked closely with the government to analyze the impact of PCV-7 on the country's cold chain. MCHIP is now providing technical assistance for a post-introduction evaluation of the overall vaccine introduction effort, and technical support for the introduction of the rotavirus vaccine, planned for 2012. 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.