In Papua New Guinea, 1500+ women die every year from childbirth-related causes – 80 times higher than in Australia. And these deaths are, mostly, preventable.
The Joint Initiative for Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (JIMNCH) was a collaborative programme aiming to increase access to essential maternal and child health services amongst hard-to-reach (H2R) populations in areas most affected by Cyclone Nargis. It is an innovative partnership that takes a comprehensive approach to health service delivery at township level, aiming to deliver an essential package of low cost, high impact maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) interventions through a number of service delivery partners including public health services and NGOs.
Commencement was in 2010, initially in in three sites: through Save the Children in Middle Island, Merlin in Laputta (excluding Middle Island) and International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Bogalay township and subsequent expansion to other townships. This Lessons Learned exercise was initiated to provide some assessment of impact and documentation of lessons for future MNCH development in Myanmar.
The evaluation addressed four Areas of Study:
Outcome – A Final Report was prepared Burnet Institute and submitted to UNOPs. See report for full findings and recommendations.