Project profile — Community-Based Maternal, Newborn and Child Health


World Renew (CA-CRA_ACR-2118857366)
2011-10-14 - 2015-04-30
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• Malawi (50.00%)
• Bangladesh (50.00%)


• Basic nutrition:
Basic nutrition (12240) (30.00%)
Health education (12261) (20.00%)
Malaria control (12262) (20.00%)
• Population Policies/Programmes And Reproductive Health: Reproductive health care (13020) (30.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (significant objective)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to improve the health of the most marginalized mothers and children in the Dimla sub-district of Nilphamari district, Bangladesh, and in the Lilongwe and Ntchisi districts of Malawi. The project is designed to improve partnerships between communities and health facilities, train community volunteer health workers, and use community education to promote household behaviours that improve the health of mothers and children. Using an integrated model for managing childhood illness, the project supports community health volunteers in providing malaria prevention and nutrition education at the household level and linking communities with maternal and child health services. The project reaches 200 community health volunteers, traditional birth attendants and informal health service providers, as well as 150,000 mothers and their children. World Renew is working in partnership with Scheme for Under-Privileged People to Organize Themselves (Bangladesh) and the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian, Nkhoma Relief and Development (Malawi) to implement this project. This project is part of Canada's maternal, newborn and child health commitment.

Expected results 


Results achieved 

Results as of March 31, 2014 include: 14,625 households are receiving messages that promote behaviors for better maternal, newborn and child health. In Bangladesh, 53 female community health volunteers and 53 female traditional birth attendants have been trained on maternal and newborn care and are doing home visits to pregnant women to educate them on eating nutritious foods, going for antenatal care visits, making birth preparedness plans and watching for danger signs that indicate a need to go to the health facility. These volunteers are currently doing home visits to 3,325 households. 106 informal service providers have been trained to reduce harmful practices and to increase appropriate referrals for mothers and newborns. In Malawi, 600 (231 male and 369 female) community health volunteers have been recruited and organized into 40 Care Groups. They are doing monthly home visits to 9,600 households that have a pregnant woman and/or children under age two and are delivering messages about malaria prevention and treatment and proper nutrition for pregnant and lactating women and children under two.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
05-10-2016 Disbursement -$15,138
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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