Publication Date October 1, 2021 Research & Evidence

Strengthening Youth-led Family Planning and Reproductive Health Initiatives

This brief highlights the lessons learned from a collaboration with youth from the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning (IAYFP). From August 2020 to January 2021, MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership collaborated with IYAFP to strengthen the capacity of three IYAFP country focal points—located in Kenya and Malawi—to plan and implement COVID-19-responsive, youth-led family planning and reproductive health initiatives. IYAFP is a global, youth-led organization dedicated to advancing sexual and reproductive health, human rights, and justice for youth, by youth. This brief shares the lessons learned from the collaboration as well as recommendations for future engagement. 

Publication Date October 1, 2021 Research & Evidence

Policy, Program, and Operational Learnings Report of iCCM and CMAM Integration

Currently, only about one-third of children with severe acute malnutrition have access to community-based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) where trained community health workers provide treatment. Integrated community case management (iCCM) is a strategy to equip community health workers with the knowledge and skills necessary to assess and counsel families with sick children and limited access to health facilities. This approach can improve treatment coverage and cure rates of severe wasting. The findings in this document share programmatic considerations and policy considerations with this approach.

Publication Date October 1, 2021 About MOMENTUM

Strengthening Health Resilience in Northern Mali

MOMENTUM Integrated Health Resilience aims to increase the resilience and preparedness of health systems in the regions of Gao and Timbuktu in northern Mali by working with the Ministry of Health, stakeholders, and other partners to improve maternal, newborn, and child health, as well as voluntary family planning and reproductive health. Download this fact sheet to learn more about the project's work in northern Mali.

Publication Date September 1, 2021 Webinars

Strengthening Health Resilience to Improve Voluntary Family Planning in Fragile Settings

More than half of all maternal and child deaths occur in countries affected by conflict, disasters, weak governance and institutions, population displacements, and other acute and chronic shocks and stresses. In these settings, increased illness and death result from disruptions to basic health services and systems. From self-care and respectful care to supply chain management, traditional development approaches need adaptations and refinements in fragile settings to strengthen the health resilience of individuals, households, communities, and the broader health system to minimize the impact of shocks and stresses. The webinar presenters cover these issues; webinar participants submitted numerous questions and comments for discussion during the final portion of the webinar.

Publication Date September 1, 2021 About MOMENTUM

MOMENTUM Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Framework: A Brief Summary

The MOMENTUM Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning framework lays out the conceptual roadmap to realize the MOMENTUM vision, which is that all individuals, families, and communities have equitable access to and make use of comprehensive, high-quality maternal, newborn, and child health and nutrition programs, voluntary family planning services, and reproductive health care. It is based on key concepts, relationships, and pathways through which MOMENTUM will achieve the four results shared by MOMENTUM awards.

Publication Date September 1, 2021 Research & Evidence

Measuring and Assessing Capacity: A Landscape Review

This landscape review aims to support MOMENTUM partners' efforts to introduce, deliver, scale up, and sustain high-quality maternal, newborn, and child health services through sound capacity measurement. The review defines the different levels and types of capacity relevant to MOMENTUM that can be measured; clarifies the distinction between capacity and performance; identifies key capacity measurement tool types and assessing their general suitability for capturing different capacities relevant to MOMENTUM; and proposes promising approaches for capacity measurement, capacity indicators, and capacity measurement tool selection that reflect the operational realities of MOMENTUM partners.

Publication Date September 1, 2021 Research & Evidence

Nutrition Counseling and Care During and After Childhood Illness Literature Review: Evidence from African Countries

Optimal infant and young child feeding is key for child survival, growth, and development. However, some contexts do not provide quality feeding counseling and services during sick child visits and there is a lack of information on these services surrounding common childhood illnesses in Africa. This review provides information on nutrition counseling and care during and after childhood illness in Africa, reports trends for feeding and care practices from 2005 to 2020, and investigates the practices of caregivers and health providers for nutrition counseling during and after childhood illness.

Publication Date September 1, 2021 About MOMENTUM

MOMENTUM 2021 Progress Report

Even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, MOMENTUM, together with USAID partner countries, has made strides toward improving maternal and child health and increasing access to family planning and reproductive health care. Take a look at how MOMENTUM has made progress over the past year and continues to evolve through strong partnerships, collaboration, and novel approaches, strengthening the resilience of health systems across the world.

Publication Date September 1, 2021 Program & Technical Resources

Cold Hard Truth: Revolutionizing Cold Chain Maintenance

As immunization programs expand, the role of the supply chain to ensure vaccines are available when and where they are needed has become even more critical. One obstacle to ensuring vaccine availability is cold chain equipment maintenance. Learn more about the challenges and innovative approaches to strengthen cold chain maintenance in our latest brief, produced by the MOMENTUM Routine Immunization Transformation and Equity project. 

Publication Date September 1, 2021 Research & Evidence

Nigeria Immunization Country Profile

Nigeria has more zero-dose children—defined as not having received the first dose of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP) containing vaccine—than any other country in Africa and among the most worldwide. Each year nearly 2.5 million children do not receive DTP1, and in 2020, an additional 500,000 children were unvaccinated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about the state of routine immunization in Nigeria and the complex reasons why these children are not vaccinated.

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