Publication Date February 1, 2022 Webinars

Maternal Mental Health and the Importance of Engaging Faith Actors

Mental health lacks proper attention in the health sector, both in funding and response, despite its high prevalence rate. The perinatal period is a particularly crucial time to address mental health concerns as it is associated with an elevated risk of mental disorders. Faith actors and faith-based organizations (FBOs) can make a difference in countries and on the global stage in vastly improving maternal mental health. On February 3, 2022, MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership held a webinar sharing the results from a landscape assessment of faith actors and FBO involvement in maternal mental health. Speakers and participants discussed how to leverage the influence and reach of faith communities to help women facing mental health issues during the critical perinatal period. 

Publication Date January 1, 2022 Research & Evidence

Introducing the Hormonal IUD in Madagascar, Nigeria, and Zambia: Results from a Pilot Study

This study, published by BMC Reproductive Health, reflects the results of a USAID-funded pilot study on the introduction of the hormonal Intrauterine Device (IUD) in Nigeria, Madagascar, and Zambia. The study analyzed the introduction of the hormonal IUD from the perspective of the family planning user; it included favorable findings on user satisfaction and continuation rates as well as insightful information on demographic profiles of those who chose the method. Work completed by USAID's SIFPO2 project is also included in the study. MOMENTUM Private Healthcare Delivery is now taking this work forward by leveraging the findings from this study in Nigeria and Madagascar to scale up demand generation and training of private providers.

Publication Date January 1, 2022 Program & Technical Resources

Improving Facility Readiness in Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) And Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) In Bangladesh

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic shocked health systems, demanding the urgent identification and prioritization of immediate health care facility needs. Beginning in August 2020, USAID’s MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership provided rapid technical and capacity development assistance to local health networks in Bangladesh and four other countries to improve facility readiness in water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and infection prevention and control (IPC). This package of materials details the impact and outcomes of this work, as well as lessons learned to inform future WASH and IPC efforts in health care facilities and quality improvement programming.

Publication Date January 1, 2022 Program & Technical Resources

Improving Facility Readiness in Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) In Sierra Leone

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic shocked health systems, demanding the urgent identification and prioritization of immediate health care facility needs. Beginning in August 2020, USAID’s MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership provided rapid technical and capacity development assistance to local health networks in Sierra Leone and four other countries to improve facility readiness in water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and infection prevention and control (IPC). This technical brief details the impact and outcomes of this work, as well as lessons learned to inform future WASH and IPC efforts in health care facilities and quality improvement programming.

Publication Date January 1, 2022 Research & Evidence

Quality of Care for Family Planning: A Comparison of Private and Public Facilities in Seven Countries Using Survey Data

Both public and private health facilities play important roles in the provision of voluntary family planning services. However, little is known about how and if quality of care may differ between these two types of facilities. MOMENTUM Private Healthcare Delivery has conducted an analysis of Service Provision Assessment surveys to compare quality of care for family planning services in public and private health facilities across several countries. The report, "Quality of Care for Family Planning: A Comparison of Private and Public Facilities in 7 Countries Using Survey Data" shares findings that reveal significant nuanced differences between public and private sector health facilities in three key aspects of quality: structure, process, and overall outcome.  A research brief is also available and highlights the key findings from the report.

Publication Date January 1, 2022 Training & Guidance

Counseling for Choice (C4C) Tools and Resources

Contraceptive counseling is a key component of quality of care and ensuring informed choice for family planning. Counseling for Choice (C4C) is a contraceptive counseling approach that aims to change how providers and individuals participate in family planning counseling discussions, ensuring that people can use their voice and have agency to make the choices that meet their contraceptive needs.

Publication Date January 1, 2022 Research & Evidence

Impact of the Sars-Cov-2 Pandemic on Routine Immunization Services: Evidence of Disruption and Recovery from 170 Countries and Territories

A new study published in The Lancet Global Health finds that as countries continue pandemic response efforts, vulnerabilities are exposed in immunizations systems. The study, funded in part by MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership, synthesized data representing 170 countries and territories, finding declines among vaccination doses administered and other indications of significant and widespread disruptions in immunization systems during 2020.

Publication Date December 1, 2021 Research & Evidence

Thinking Big about Postabortion Care: Improving postabortion care and postabortion family planning through identification, prioritization, and enabling critical behaviors

Complications from miscarriage and unsafe induced abortions are a major cause of mortality or morbidity for women worldwide, particularly in low and middle-income countries. USAID and its partners have been investing resources in improving the access to and quality of postabortion care (PAC) for decades. New guidance from USAID MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership contributes to that work by leveraging lessons learned from global efforts to date by unpacking key behaviors around PAC and postabortion family planning. Specifically, the guidance pinpoints and prioritizes key actions, actors, enabling and inhibiting factors, and strategies at different levels in order to transform global PAC. For each behavior, the guidance describes pathways to change demonstrated to enable and sustain the behavior. Country programs can use this guidance to identify and resolve context-specific challenges and opportunities to promote quality PAC and postabortion family planning.

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