The Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa (IMCHA) initiative seeks to address critical gaps to inform the reduction of maternal, newborn, and child deaths that occur in sub-Saharan Africa.
IMCHA is a 8-year partnership in 11 countries that seeks to improve maternal, newborn, and child health by using primary health care as an entry point to strengthen health systems, and ensure they are more equitable. It is funded by Global Affairs Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Canada’s International Development Research Centre. Nineteen implementation research teams (IRTs), composed of African and Canadian researchers and African decision-makers, are developing practical, cost-effective solutions to health system challenges. The aim is to generate new knowledge about how interventions work, for whom, and under what conditions, to ensure that mothers and their children have better access to the care they need. Read more..


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Maternal and child mortality rates

Approximately 550 women die every day in sub-Saharan Africa from complications due to pregnancy or childbirth - so many of these are preventable!

Children under the age of five in sub-Saharan Africa are 16 times more likely to die than in high- income countries due to poor access to quality healthcare services.

The solution

These deaths are preventable. Stronger and more resilient health systems and more informed populations are the key to ensuring that fewer women die while giving life.
Africa’s maternal mortality reduced by 50% between 1990 and 2013.

Africa’s Under-5 mortality rates reduced by over 50% from 1990 to 2011.
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