Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health

Maternal, Newborn and Child HealthURC addresses the maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) continuum of care by supporting global calls for action such as USAID's Acting on the Call: Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths.

We are committed to MNCH high-impact practices: basic emergency obstetric and newborn care; comprehensive emergency obstetric and newborn care; postabortion care; and postpartum care. We implement the best strategies—including WASH, kangaroo mother care, and optimizing nutrition for mother and child in the first 1,000 days of life—to improve antenatal care, childbirth and postpartum care, neonatal care, and child health.

Our proven quality improvement and health-systems strengthening activities emphasize the use of evidence-based solutions to improve health and social outcomes for mothers and children in countries around the world. We work with policy makers, national healthcare systems, area facilities, community health workers, local leaders, and families to improve the quality of services and increase private sector participation in MNCH care in resource-limited regions. Our work in MNCH includes antenatal care, childbirth and postpartum care, newborn care, child health, and integrated nutrition.


In Ecuador, a mother snuggles her premature baby close to her chest, practicing Kangaroo Care and increasing her baby's chances to survive (2014)