FHI 360 works to improve maternal and child health and nutrition outcomes in Uganda through the Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition Activity (MCHN), funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The project (“USAID MCHN,” for short) focuses on strengthening service delivery systems and governance at the national and local levels. It provides technical assistance to various government structures that coordinate the implementation of maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) and nutrition programs in public and private health care facilities in Kampala, the country’s capital.
FHI 360 leads a consortium of partners on the project, comprising EnCompass LLC, Makerere University School of Public Health, Save the Children, and the Uganda Healthcare Federation and collaborates with the government of Uganda, private sector entities, other USAID projects, United Nations agencies, and key stakeholders to implement program activities.
In partnership with the Uganda Ministry of Health and Office of the Prime Minister, USAID MCHN has successfully developed, disseminated and promoted the use and application of various MNCH and nutrition-related policies, guidelines, training materials, tools and high-impact interventions to improve MNCH and nutrition outcomes at various levels of the health system. In addition, the project has advanced the routine use of MNCH and nutrition data to inform policy, decision-making, resource allocation and service delivery improvements.
In Kampala, USAID MCHN has, in close collaboration with various health service delivery structures, contributed to significant uptake in MNCH, postpartum family planning, and maternal and child nutrition services using a data-driven, systems-strengthening approach in both public and private health care facilities.
USAID MCHN has also partnered with the government of Uganda to respond to COVID-19 and Ebola virus disease outbreaks in the country.