Innovations for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health

Every year, about 300,000 women die from causes related to pregnancy and nearly six million children die before their fifth birthday. Most of these deaths occur in developing countries — and most are preventable.

Begun as an initiative of Concern Worldwide in 2009 and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Innovations for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (Innovations) program develops and tests creative solutions for improving the health and survival of mothers, babies, and children. The team actively engages communities in the design process to ensure its programs meet and respond to their specific needs. It sharpens ideas with input from relevant experts, then refines until a program is ready to be tried on a pilot basis.

Finally, the team rigorously analyzes the data to see what worked and what did not. Pilot results also are shared with the maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) community — including governments, nonprofits, and potential investors — so that these learnings can be incorporated into existing programs. The most successful pilots are selected for scale-up.