Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health

URC is committed to high-impact maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) practices: basic emergency obstetric and newborn care, comprehensive emergency obstetric and newborn care, post-abortion care, and postpartum care. To achieve that impact, we implement the best strategies, including water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), Kangaroo Mother Care for premature babies, and optimized nutrition for mothers and children in the "first 1,000 days" of life.

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 around the world. We work with policymakers, national health systems, facilities, community health workers, local leaders, and families to improve the service quality and increase private sector participation in MNCH care in resource-limited regions. 

We address the MNCH continuum of care by supporting global calls for action such as USAID’s Acting on the Call: Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths. Through programs such as the USAID Health Care Improvement project and its follow-on project, ASSIST, URC’s methods have strengthened the continuum of care at community, primary, and referral levels in more than 20 countries. In Niger, we have seen truly extraordinary results from our contributions in closing the “know-do” gap for MNCH. 

Our work 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 Mother Care to increase her baby’s chances of survival (2014)