IMA World Health/Kara Eberle
MA World Health President and CEO Rick Santos was among experts from the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Peace Corps, the U.S. General Services Administration, and other partners on December 9 for an event that shared exciting new efforts to use behavioral interventions to prevent child and maternal death, and evidence-based evaluations to save lives at the individual, family, and community level.
President and CEO Rick Santos listens as another panelist speaks during the event on Dec. 9, 2015. (IMA World Health/Dr. Dragana Veskov)
Much progress has been made in recent years in improving Maternal and Child Health (MCH) thanks in part to advocacy and funding around the Millennium Development Goals and greater country ownership. IMA contributes to these efforts by helping health systems provide effective facility- and community-based MCH packages in some of the toughest environments in Africa.
In South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, IMA works with communities to encourage antenatal care and deliveries at health facilities, where IMA-trained health care workers provide skilled attendance at birth. Health care workers provide basic Emergency Neonatal and Obstetric Care (EmNOC), providing women Active Management of the Third Stage of Labor, Pre-Eclampsia/Eclampsia Treatment, and manage post-partum hemorrhage.
Behavior change means improved access to quality, effective, respectful care for millions of individuals around the world. If we all work together to increase the number of people who practice these healthy behaviors, and we make sure the vaccines, drugs, and services are in place, we could save over 9.7 million lives by 2020.