Improving maternal and child health in Asia through innovative partnerships and approaches: the case of Afghanistan

Research reports and studies
August 2015
Fiona Samuels, Svetlana Ancker and Mohammad Anwar Haneef
This briefing is the third in a series of three that summarise key processes and outcomes emerging from an innovative partnership between CARE and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to improve maternal and neonatal child health in six Asian countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Nepal. The partnership focuses on increasing the effectiveness and capacity of frontline health workers, strengthening health systems and enhancing community mobilisation. This briefing focuses on the Opportunities for Mother and Infant Development (OMID) project in Afghanistan. It first gives an overview of maternal and neonatal child health in Afghanistan and then provides details of the project sites, the background to the project, and its goals, objectives and main achievements to date. The major part of the briefing describes the innovative tools and mechanisms that have been used by the project to improve maternal and neonatal child health in District 1 in Kabul. The briefing concludes with some lessons learned and recommendations.