Helping Mothers and Children Thrive, a project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, is designed to increase the use and improve the quality of family planning and maternal, newborn and child health services in Afghanistan. This five-year project (2015–2020) is led by Jhpiego, with FHI 360 and the Palladium Group as collaborating partners.
The goals of this project are to:
- Increase access to and availability of gender-sensitive, sustainable family planning and maternal, newborn and child health services
- Improve the quality of these services
- Increase the demand for these services at the community, household and individual levels
- Catalyze creative approaches to increasing coverage of these services
- Strengthen stewardship of family planning and maternal and child health programs at the national and subnational levels
This project will achieve these goals by introducing and scaling up culturally appropriate, cost-effective, high-impact interventions that strengthen and enhance primary care services that are currently provided by the public and private sectors. It will focus on 23 provinces, with special attention paid to reaching underserved and vulnerable populations.
FHI 360’s role is to lead demand generation. This will include building engagement through networks of community and religious leaders; implementing mobile, broadcast, interpersonal and social media information dissemination and engagement; and creating client feedback systems to inform the quality and provision of family planning and maternal, newborn and child health services.