Beginning in October 2014, the USAID Primary Health Care Project in Iraq (PHCPI) has focused its technical assistance on helping the Iraqi Ministry of Health (MOH) meet its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 & 5 targets of reducing child mortality and improving maternal health in the project target areas. The project developed a package of low-‐cost, high-‐impact interventions for improving maternal, neonatal, and child health (MNCH) and has rolled out the package throughout Iraq. Using the project’s capacity building strategy, PHCPI, in partnership with the MOH, has updated a number of clinical guidelines related to MNCH, including antenatal care, emergency obstetrics and newborn care, maternal and child nutrition, and maternal mortality surveillance and reporting. These guidelines have been introduced to primary health care (PHC) service providers through the cadre of trainer-‐of-‐trainers developed by PHCPI in each province. The project’s MNCH initiative is further strengthened by the local health committees (LHCs) working within the catchment areas of each of the project’s target clinics. These LHCs are working in partnership with clinics to increase demand for and use of PHC MNCH services, particularly among vulnerable populations.
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