Through a $65 million, five-year award from the U.S. Agency for International Development, Jhpiego is leading a consortium of partners to implement the “Support for Service Delivery Excellence (SSD-E)” Project in Malawi. The consortium also includes Save the Children, CARE and Plan International. Designed to help the country successfully reduce fertility and population growth, lower the risk of HIV and reduce maternal, infant and under-five mortality rates, the project focuses on scaling up access and quality of an essential package of health services at local facilities and mobilizing communities to utilize these services covering a population of 6.6 million. Project goals are to ensure that: 1) service delivery is “reaching the unreached” in communities; 2) health surveillance assistants and volunteers are working together to optimize service delivery; 3) all providers in target districts are actively supported by a clinical mentor and have strengthened their essential health services and clinical and interpersonal skills; 4) performance-based incentives are employed at multiple levels to stimulate quality, demand and access; and 5) the Ministry of Health has capable, district-level partners to outsource future community mobilization, health promotion and support for service delivery functions.
For nearly 40 years, Jhpiego, (pronounced "ja-pie-go"), has empowered front-line health workers by designing and implementing simple, low-cost, hands-on solutions that strengthen the delivery of health care services, following the household-to-hospital continuum of care. We partner with community- to national-level organizations to build sustainable, local capacity through advocacy, policy and guidelines development, and quality and performance improvement approaches.
For more information, please visit our Web site: www.jhpiego.org.