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URC is improving services for mothers and newborns by strengthening health systems in resource-constrained settings and improving frontline health worker and manager skills, motivation, and performance by building clinical skills and quality improvement capacities. Our programs ensure that proven, high-impact essential newborn care, including care for major complications, is implemented reliably, every time.
Our work contributes to the Every Newborn Action Plan, which advances the goals of the United Nations’ Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health and the Every Woman Every Child movement, the “A Promise Renewed” commitment to child survival, and Family Planning 2020.
Newborn Health at Work
URC works globally and at country level to advance newborn care. In all of our work, we support national, district, and local capacities to scale up the application of essential newborn care.
Globally, we support Survive and Thrive Global Development Alliance partners to build integrated clinical and quality improvement competencies of providers, managers, and professional associations to continuously improve best practices in USAID priority countries. The project is working with the American Academy of Pediatrics to develop, test, and support use of a quality improvement workbook and materials for low- and middle-income countries.
Through USAID ASSIST, URC has supported quality improvement at 20 sites in four Saving Mothers Giving Life districts of western Uganda and has supported facility-based quality improvement teams to improve provision of the Essential Newborn Care Package. ASSIST also collaborated with the Newborn Resuscitation Working Group of the UN Commission on Life Saving Commodities to develop a quality framework to help managers and providers understand common gaps and improvement approaches for achieving and sustaining effective resuscitation care for every baby in need.
In collaboration with World Health Organization in Mali, URC is implementing the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist to ensure delivery of 29 essential interventions addressing the major causes of maternal death, intrapartum-related stillbirths, and neonatal death in low-income countries, including hemorrhage, infection, obstructed labor, hypertensive disorders, inadequate intrapartum care, birth asphyxia, and complications related to prematurity.
Strategic partnerships with newborn health
In addition to project-specific partnerships, URC is a member of several global alliances promoting newborn health:
- Through our partnership with 1,000 Days, we advocate for improved maternal and child nutrition in the 1,000 days between the start of a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday.
- As an implementing partner on Helping Babies Breathe, we support a global initiative to reduce asphyxia-related newborn death by scaling up newborn resuscitation capacity in resource-limited countries.
- As a member of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, we are part of a global organization that seeks to decrease maternal and newborn death and ensure that all women know their right to a safe pregnancy and childbirth.
- We also maintain a partnership with Alianza Neonatal (the Newborn Alliance), an interagency group that supports Latin American and Caribbean countries in their efforts improve newborn health through evidence-based policy and programmatic interventions at facility and community levels.