Reducting Maternal and Neonatal Morbidity and Mortality

Reducting Maternal and Neonatal Morbidity and Mortality

  • Overview

    Vision / description

    The Survive and Thrive Alliance is a public-private partnership established to achieve significant reduction in maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality in low-resource settings through strengthening the performance of providers, as well as improving the quality of facility-based maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) services to prevent maternal and child deaths. The US Government has joined with country nationals to implement, facilitate and integrate evidence-based interventions by mobilising multi-sectorial technical experts from paediatric, obstetric and midwifery professional associations, private sector, and civil society to improve the quality of facility-based MNCH services in over 80 countries.

    Project objectives

    The Alliance will replicate the five best practices that it has learned from the first phase. 1) Public-Private Partnerships: Through partnership between the public and private sectors, the Alliance model emphasizes synergies of interest and builds on the complementary strengths of each partner while putting systems in place to mitigate conflicts of interest. Recognizing the potential power of public-private partnership among diverse organizations with complementary skills and assets, and spurred by funding constraints, the Alliance supports common goals and jointly defined solutions to social or economic development problems; inclusion of non-traditional resource partners (companies, foundations, universities, professional associations, etc.); shared resources; and sustainable MNCH approaches. 2) Government as Steward: The Alliance strongly encourages all partner organizations to respect the principle of country-led and country-owned initiatives, seeks the guidance and coordination of ministries of health (MoHs), and involves host-country stakeholders in all Alliance activities. The Alliance implements all its activities within the national maternal and newborn health plan that is developed and owned by the participating national government and plays a supportive role to countries. 3) Engaged Professional Associations: Strengthening national professional associations to gain the organizational expertise required to become strong advocates for their professions and families they serve; and develop MNCH champions in target countries through educational programming and ongoing mentorship. 4) Demystification, Simplification, Simulation, Innovation: A hallmark of Survive and Thrive educational programs is the use of low-cost, evidence-based, purpose-driven innovations that are integrated with educational materials and quality improvement measures. The Alliance continuously looks for ways to improve, simplify and innovate the educational and life-saving technologies that are made available through the partnership. For example, through the use of a low-cost simulator designed to teach basic neonatal resuscitation skills, the alliance supports resuscitation simulation in training settings as well as in low-dose, high-frequency practice drills. 5) Clinical and Quality Improvement: Implementing countries recognize the importance of introducing quality improvement approaches such as refresher training, low dose high frequency simulation, mentoring, supportive supervision and certification to sustain and enhance trained professional skills at regular intervals.

    Project URL

    Sustainable Development Goals

    3. Good health and well-being

    Regions / countries / territories

    Americas: United States

    Issue areas



    Existing partners

    Government: US Agency for International Development (USAID), Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) Private Sector: Laerdal Global Health, Johnson & Johnson, University Research Corporation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation NGO: Save the Children, Jhpiego, Global Health Media Project, Project CURE FBO: Catholic Medical Mission Board, Latter-day Saint Charities Professional Association: American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM), American College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (ACOG), Sigma Theta Tau (STTI), International Pediatric Association (IPA), American Heart Association (AHA) Academic Institution: Columbia University Earth Institute/Millennium Village

    Collective Action
    • This initiative has a potential for scalability.
    • This initiative is seeking additional partners.