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 developed and tested creative solutions for improving the health and survival of mothers, babies, and children. The team actively engaged communities in the design process to ensure its programs met and responded to their specific needs. It sharpened ideas with input from relevant experts, and was refined until a program was ready to be tried on a pilot basis.

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