Maternal and Newborn Care Technical Reference Materials

The Technical Reference Materials (TRMs), a product of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Bureau for Global Health, Office of Health, Infectious Disease, and Nutrition (USAID/GH/HIDN), are a series of guides to help program planners and implementers consider the many elements in a particular technical area of the Child Survival and Health Grants Program (CSHGP). These guides do not serve as an official policy for practice; rather, they are basic everyday summaries to be used as field reference documents. They also can be accessed in the form of electronic tool kits on the Knowledge for Health website.

The TRMs are organized in modules that correspond to the primary interventions and key strategies that are central to CSHGP. Each module covers the essential elements that need to be considered during implementation, provides resources for nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and others implementing community-oriented programs to consult when planning interventions, and as examples of tools most commonly used among CSHGP grantees to collect baseline population-level data.

The TRM modules cover the following topics:

Technical Interventions

Cross-Cutting Strategies

Technical specialists in the USAID collaborating agency community, CORE Group Working Groups, USAID technical staff, and community-oriented practitioners all contribute to updating the TRMs on an ongoing basis. The revision date for each TRM module is at the bottom of each page. The modules are living documents, and we depend on readers to tell us of the usefulness of the information, the need for additions or amendments, and general comments. This will help us keep the modules alive and responsive to your needs. Please share comments with MCHIP at

MCHIP is grateful for the many contributions and reviews by staff in the Offices of the Bureau for Global Health and many collaborating agencies, CORE Group working groups, and private voluntary organization (PVO) and NGO partners that use these guides and provide valuable insight on how to improve them. Contributor to this TRM include Mary Ellen Stanton, USAID; Ali Abdelmegeid, MCHIP; Gbaike Ajayi, MCHIP; Kate Brickson, MCHIP; Sheena Currie, MCHIP; Goldy Mazia, MCHIP; Tanvi Monga, MCHIP; Melanie Morrow, MCHIP; Geralyn Sue Prullage, Kibogora Hospital in Rwanda and CORE Group; Jeff Smith, MCHIP; Alan Talens, World Renew and CORE Group; Kirsten Unfried, MCHIP; John Varallo, MCHIP; and Jennifer Yourkavitch, MCHIP.

Toolkit last updated: November 03, 2014