Essential Obstetric and Newborn Care Toolkit

This Essential Obstetric and Newborn Care (EONC) toolkit was developed by the USAID-funded Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) as a resource of current evidence, materials and experiences from around the world—with an emphasis on programs in Africa. It reflects contributions from many donors, agencies, associations, academic institutions and organizations which have identified EONC as a priority—and contribute in different ways to addressing it.

The purpose of this and other MCHIP toolkits is to collect and package resources that are useful to country programs for developing, implementing, monitoring and scaling up maternal health-related interventions at various levels.

Because countries around the world have committed to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, governments, donors, providers and other stakeholders are focused on reducing maternal and newborn mortality. This means all women need access to skilled attendance at birth and life-saving care in case of complications. EONC encompasses the full range of essential care for uncomplicated deliveries as well as comprehensive emergency care. This toolkit contains an annotated bibliography of selected journal articles on EONC and a program implementation guide (in English and French) for developing and scaling up EONC programs.

This toolkit was developed to support the MCHIP MNH Champions activities and has been launched in 2012 for a broader audience. While the majority of materials are in English, toolkit sections and numerous materials are posted in French. New information and materials will be posted as they become available. Please contribute your materials to the website so others can benefit from tools, research and lessons learned.

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The Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) is the USAID Bureau for Global Health’s flagship maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH) program. MCHIP supports programming in maternal, newborn and child health, immunization, family planning, malaria and HIV/AIDS, and strongly encourages opportunities for integration. Crosscutting technical areas include water, sanitation, hygiene, urban health and health systems strengthening. www.mchip.net This toolkit was made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), under the terms of the Leader with Associates Cooperative Agreement GHS-A-00-08-00002-00. The contents are the responsibility of the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.

Toolkit last updated: July 20, 2013