Maternal and Newborn Health

Swiss TPH designs, implements and evaluates programmes in maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) for over 25 years with our partners in low and middle income countries. Using a “health systems strengthening” approach we work at all levels of the health system from the community to higher levels of specialized hospital care ensuring alignment between interventions and national health strategies and action plans. Our research activities include evaluation research for national, international and global programmes as well as clinical and population based surveys and birth cohorts. A particular research focus is on social determinants of maternal and newborn health such as poverty, social exclusion and gender inequalities as drivers of health inequities.

Our Focus

Thematically we focus on increasing access and use of high quality perinatal health services including the promotion of safe pregnancy, family planning and post-neonatal care and follow up of high risk babies and rehabilitation services for pre-mature newborns. Using decentralized approaches we work along the complete referral chain from community services to national reference centres and provide evidence for and facilitate the updating of national policies, regulations and standards of care. We contextualize international evidence to national, regional and community contexts in order to develop effective and sustainable solutions to improve MNCH.

Perinatal Health in Moldova

Swiss TPH merged Moldovan and Swiss expertise to improve perinatal health in the Republic of Moldova with impressive results. Perinatal mortality was dramatically reduced by a Swiss funded effort to improve quality of care and modern team approaches in perinatal health centres. Today, critical newborns are followed up for more than two years following initial treatment to ascertain best health and cognitive development.

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AIDS/HIV Prevention in the ECOWAS Region

In an effort to improve the reproductive health (RH) services in the ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) countries, Swiss TPH contributes to making quality RH commodities available and to meeting the demand for quality reproductive health services and prevent HIV/AIDS transmission through a KfW funded programme.  Swiss TPH operates in five ECOWAS countries, namely Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea Bissau and Niger.

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Reduction of Neonatal Mortality in Ghana

Swiss TPH supports the Ghana School of Public Health of the University of Ghana and the Alliance for Reproductive Health Rights (ARHR) in a DFID funded programme to strengthen accountability of service providers for  high quality maternal and newborn health service delivery. This includes facilitating the scale-up of a national supportive supervision system for MNH care, the use of innovative social accountability mechanisms to increase the quality of services and improved local use of data for decision making at district and health facility level.

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