Peace Corps - Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health

Welcome to the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Toolkit. 

In developing countries, between 25 and 33% of all deaths among women of reproductive age result from complications of pregnancy or childbirth. There are approximately 1,500 maternal deaths every day, and more than half a million maternal deaths every year. The risk of an African woman dying from a complication related to pregnancy or childbirth is 1 in 16, as compared to a developed country where the risk of a woman dying from a complication related to pregnancy or childbirth is 1 in 2,800. It is also estimated that for every death that occurs, an additional 20 women suffer from major complications of pregnancy.  

There are an estimated 4 million neonatal deaths a year. Two thirds occur in the first week of life, and of these, approximately two thirds occur during the first 24 hours of life. Overall, 10.5 million infant and childhood deaths are estimated to occur in developing countries each year. According to the data, 70% of these deaths are due to the following 5 common childhood diseases: pneumonia, diarrhea, measles, malaria, and malnutrition. 

Peace Corps health specialists are pleased to present this toolkit. Peace Corps hopes this toolkit will evolve over time to and continue to meet the needs of policy makers,  program managers, and service providers. To browse the content of this toolkit, use the navigation on the right to view key program topics, which focus primarily on maternal and newborn project programming and education.

Peace Corps - Maternal and Newborn Health Training Package The training sessions in this training package are the most recent session developed by Peace Corps to train volunteers during their pre-service and in-service training.  They can be used to work with community health workers as well.

These resources outline principles and tools to prevent common maternal killers, such as eclampsia and anemia; promote birth preparedness and complication readiness; and intervene for positive behavior change and improved maternal nutrition.

This toolkit Includes documents that provide guidance in the area of the third stage of labor, postpartum and newborn care. These include manuals and tools for policy makers, program managers, and nurses for safe motherhood behavior change interventions, and household to hospital continuum of care.

Including a link to Peace Corps Care Group Training and pregnant women support group programs, these resources detail techniques for community mobilization and community-based health care.

These technical resources include comprehensive guidance and information on child survival areas. They include advise on combating and reducing common childhood diseases that contribute to infant and child morbidity and mortality -diarrheal disease control, pneumonia prevention and case management, the integrated management of childhood illnesses, immunization, malaria, nutrition and childhood injury.  

Monitoring and Evaluation are critical components of a successful project because they help implementers and stakeholders alike answer the important question: What difference is my work making?  The majority of the resources you’ll find here have been developed by individual Peace  Corps’ posts. They include general guidance on Monitoring and Evaluation as well as tools such as questionnaires, surveys, and pre-post tests. The tools listed are used to monitor and evaluate specific Peace Corps’ projects and activities.

We invite you to contribute by suggesting resources to include and posting your comments through the feedback form.

Toolkit last updated: January 12, 2015