The Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) is a global Cooperative Agreement funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) aimed at introducing and supporting high-impact health interventions. This global program focuses on 24 high-priority countries, including Nigeria, with the ultimate goal of ending preventable maternal and child deaths within a generation. MCSP country programs strive to ensure that all women, newborns and children have equitable access to the quality health care services that save lives.
Awarded in spring 2014, MCSP supports programming in maternal, newborn and child health, immunization, family planning and reproductive health, nutrition, health systems strengthening, water/sanitation/hygiene, malaria, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and pediatric HIV care and treatment. The program engages governments, policymakers, private sector leaders, health care providers, civil society, faith-based organizations and communities in addressing the major causes of maternal, newborn and child mortality and improving the quality of health services from household to hospital. Health systems strengthening, household and community mobilization, gender integration and eHealth are also cross-cutting themes and areas of the program’s work.
In Nigeria, and in close partnership with the Bauchi and Sokoto state governments and public and private partners, MCSP has launched a technical assistance initiative aimed at strengthening the routine immunization (RI) system to increase and sustain RI coverage and reduce childhood illness and death. USAID’s MCSP will bring new thinking and a prioritized approach to support state commitment to significantly and sustainably increase coverage.
John Snow, Inc. (JSI) is leading this technical assistance, drawing from more than 25 years of experience in over 40 developing and transitional countries of building the technical capacity of ministries of health and other partners to raise RI coverage sustainably, improve quality, and reduce illness and death due to vaccine-preventable diseases. JSI has managed each of USAID’s global flagship immunization projects (including in Nigeria), including REACH I/II, The Basic Support for Institutionalizing Child Survival (BASICS) IMMUNIZATIONbasics, MCHIP, and now MCSP.
Under the supervision of MCSP’s National Immunization Technical Advisor (NITA), the Sokoto State Immunization Technical Advisor (SITA) will help lead MCSP’s technical support for State-led efforts to strengthen the RI system and significantly and sustainably increase immunization coverage in Sokoto State.
As part of MCSP’s initial, diagnostic phase in Sokoto State, the Sokoto SITA will first lead the team in conducting and documenting an in-depth situation analysis of the technical elements of Sokoto’s immunization program. Findings from this in-depth analysis, in addition to consultation with the Sokoto State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SSPHCDA), USAID, and other State RI partners, will help determine the discrete technical areas in which MCSP will provide program assistance to the SSPHCDA in the short- to medium terms. This program assistance will require collaboration and coordination with numerous public and private partners. The Sokoto SITA will also help lead MCSP’s efforts to determine and track clear, measurable outcomes of this program support. A determination around MCSP’s potential, longer-term technical assistance for RI strengthening at scale, across Sokoto State, will be made later in the program, as determined by the SSPHCDA, USAID, and other key stakeholders.
MCSP’s Sokoto SITA will also support the SSPHCDA to align RI activities with NPHCDA strategies, guidelines, and plans through MCSP’s limited, targeted presence at the national level. State-level efforts will also be linked to national-level policy, planning, and partner coordination efforts through the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), State Task Force on Immunization, and national RI Working Group and Interagency Coordinating Committee (ICC).
MCSP-supported RI strengthening activities will importantly include promoting coordination, collaboration, commitment to, and accountability for RI strengthening across State RI partners. The Sokoto SITA will be expected to champion broader partnership approaches, creative thinking, and resource-efficient strategies to advance those efforts.
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