In order to better meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly MDGs #4 (reduce the under-5 mortality rate) and #5 (reduce maternal mortality), the UN Secretary General encouraged UN agencies to embark on Joint Programs. The aim of this coalition was to aid in decreasing maternal and newborn mortality in 60 of the world’s most disadvantaged countries. The organizations involved in the Health 4+ partnership include: UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO, the World Bank, UNWomen and UNAIDS. Health 4+ believes the most effective way to help realize the MDGs is to build upon existing programs within target countries, by improving coordination, and leveraging the collective strengths of each member agency.
Johnson & Johnson’s partnership with Health4+ focuses on Ethiopia and Tanzania, including Zanzibar. In Tanzania, 1 in 23 women run a lifetime risk of dying from pregnancy and childbirth and Ethiopia has the 5th highest maternal mortality rate in the world with a 1 in 27 lifetime risk. Even though Ethiopia and Tanzania have each made significant strides recently in reducing infant mortality, the mortality rate is still especially high. This program aims to help reducing maternal and infant mortality in the two countries by building the capacity of birth attendants to manage emergency obstetric and neonatal care. The partnership is training Integrated Emergency Obstetric Surgeons, nurses and midwives. Johnson & Johnson was the first private sector organization to support this effort.
By the end of the four-year project, this program expects to increase the number of facility-based infant deliveries, decrease maternal mortality, decrease infant mortality, and provide a sustainable infrastructure for improved MNH services. At the project’s conclusion we aim to have directly impacted 1.3 million lives, while a further 3 million lives will have been indirectly impacted across the two countries.
|Location||Eastern Africa, Tanzania, Ethiopia|