Management Sciences for Health (MSH)
Improving Child Health in Communities and at Home
April/May 2012


Kangaroo Mother Care Saves Lives of Smallest Babies 

Born two months premature and weighing less than 3 pounds at birth, Mardochet Ulunga could have become another infant mortality statistic, except for one thing: tiny Mardochet was born in a remote Congolese health facility where the staff had received training in kangaroo mother care.
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Village Health Teams: Linking Communities to Care 


Ezekiel Kyasesa, Kasese district, Uganda Ezekiel Kyasesa and the Kasese District village health team visit households, talking with mothers about health services, including antenatal care and family planning, and sanitation. Read More. 

MSH Presents on Access to Quality Medicines and Supplies at Maternal and Newborn Health Conference in Bangladesh  


USAID's Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services Program, led by Management Sciences for Health (MSH), presented on systems for improving drug management at this year's Asia Regional Meeting on Interventions for Impact in Essential Obstetric and Newborn Care, held in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Read More. 

Living to Fulfill Her Dreams: The Story of Chinaecherem 

Once isolated, stigmatized and forced into hard labor, Chinaecherem, a 14-year old, HIV-positive orphan, finds a second chance at life through education.
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Abandoned No More: The Story of Godgift 

Godgift, Nigeria A young, homeless child from Bayelsa State, Nigeria, is reunited with his father.
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A Bus Ride to New Opportunities in Lesotho

Twenty orphaned youth from 10 villages in the Mohale's Hoek district of Lesotho board a bus to new opportunities. Read More.

More MSH News

MSH Joins Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage 

Improving Accessibility of ACT Medicines in Burundi 

A New Medicine Monitoring System Helps Prevent Antimalarial Stock-Outs in the Americas Region 

USAID Launches 5th Birthday Campaign 

Why 5thBDay? (VIDEO)

Why 5thBDay?
Every Child Deserves a 5th Birthday. A child is much more likely to survive into adulthood if the severe risks of infancy can be mitigated and they reach that important milestone of their 5th birthday. By inviting individuals to remember their own 5th birthdays, we hope to inspire the global community to do more to ensure children in all parts of the world are given the same opportunity for health and happiness.

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A Note from Dr. Quick
Jonathan D. Quick, MD, MPH
"Prevention, treatment and care close to the home are keys to saving children's lives," says MSH President Dr. Jonathan Quick. "I was lucky to receive quality care in a health facility, close to my home.

"Millions of children today are not so lucky. Over 7 million children under the age of 5 die each year; 70 percent of child deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia. The vast majority -- over two-thirds -- are entirely avoidable with existing safe, effective, low-cost prevention and treatment."

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5th Birthday Campaign
5thBDayUSAID Launches 5th Birthday Campaign
Every child deserves a fifth birthday. It seems simple enough. But for many children in the world, preventable deaths will claim their lives, before they reach the age of five.

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