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Grant to help maternal and child health

Concern Worldwide has received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve maternal, newborn and child health.

The $41 million grant will be delivered over five years. This is to support the development and testing of the delivery of maternal, newborn and child health projects in six countries.


Lacking essential health services

In Sierra Leone, more than 25% of children die before reaching their fifth birthday. In Malawi, one in every 18 women dies during pregnancy or childbirth. In India and Malawi, two-thirds of mothers and children lack essential health services such as vaccinations, skilled care at birth and good nutrition.

Effective delivery

Overburdened health systems or harmful practices such as discontinuing breastfeeding too early, are critical obstacles in delivering essential maternal and child care.

But, proven interventions already exist, with the potential to save millions of lives. The challenge is to ensure these interventions reach all those who need them.

Working with a broad spectrum

This initiative will start in Malawi, India, and Sierra Leone, testing and evaluating ideas in how to reach those in need. The other three countries will be decided in due course. To do this, Concern will be working with a broad spectrum of people, including mid-level and junior health workers, academia, civil society, the private sector and community members.

Diverse, non-traditional sources

“Even the most effective health interventions can only save lives if they reach the people who need them,” said Jaime Sepúlveda, Director of the Integrated Health Solutions Development programme at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “Concern Worldwide’s commitment to seeking innovation from diverse, non-traditional sources will be a key ingredient in the success of this programme.”

Good leadership

Tom Arnold, CEO of Concern Worldwide said, “This project is all about discovering and testing new ideas. It requires good leadership, an extraordinary team, prudent risk taking, and a relentless commitment to improving the state of our world. That’s a cornerstone of our organisation and that is why we exist. We’re delighted to have this opportunity.”

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