Maternal and Child Health

$829.5 million*

Minimum Requirement for American Leadership

 
The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) account supports critical cost-effective, high-impact interventions and enhances service delivery platforms to accelerate progress towards ending preventable child and maternal deaths.

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Justification for Funding

Cost of Cuts Below $829.5 Million

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  • Cuts to the MCH account would compromise progress made to date towards ending preventable child and maternal deaths.
  • Rolling back funding could similarly compromise efforts in health system strengthening and the ability to leverage shared service delivery platforms, thereby potentially having an adverse impact on infection and mortality rates.
  • Studies show that a decrease in maternal and child mortality rates is associated with increases in GDP in the countries where MCH funding is invested.
  • According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a cut in the MCH account of $30 million would result in 14,000 more maternal, newborn and child deaths each year.

 

$900 million

Opportunity to Catalyze American Leadership

 

Justification for Additional Funding

  • Disparities in maternal mortality between high-income and low-income countries illustrate the degree to which maternal mortality is preventable: The lifetime risk of maternal death in high-income countries is 1 in 3,300, compared to 1 in 41 in low-income.
  • The Maternal and Child Health account supports critical cost-effective, high-impact interventions and enhances service delivery platforms to accelerate progress towards ending preventable child and maternal deaths. Investments include ensuring access to high-quality prenatal, labor and delivery, and postpartum care; essential newborn care; including through Gavi, and the Vaccine Alliance. These investments also leverage investments in other global health accounts.

Impact of 10% More Funding

18,000 more children and 650 more mothers will survive today than each day in 1990 due to USAID investments in maternal and child health.

  • Additional resources are critical to promoting rapid scale-up of proven interventions and ensuring sustained quality of interventions, including medical products, to improve the health of women and children around the world and address treatable causes of death and disability.
  • These interventions include immunizations; improving nutrition; improving access to and use of clean water, sanitation, and hygiene practices; addressing neglected tropical diseases as well as providing medical products such as insecticide-treated mosquito nets.
  • Increased investments also improve access to skilled birth attendants and emergency obstetric care, training for frontline health workers, and research and development of new lifesaving tools and medical products.
  • With increased focus and investment by USAID under the Child Survival Call to Action, 13 African countries have launched sharpened national strategies, set national targets, and developed scorecards to track progress in MCH. In the last two years alone, 24 priority countries – of which 16 are in Africa – have achieved an 8% reduction in under-five mortality, saving 500,000 lives.

*Enacted FY18 Omnibus Appropriation

For more information, please contact: Soshana Hashmie, shashmie@interaction.org

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