Maternal and Child Health

Working Group

CCIH has five working groups relating to global health issues and the work of faith-based organizations. The working groups contribute to CCIH programming in that area. If you are interested in learning about or joining the Health of Women and Children Working Group, please contact Deirdre Church at (at)

See more about the Health of Women and Children Working Group Co-Chairs and the Working Group’s Charter

CCIH Webinars

Respectful Maternity Care: What Is It? And How Can We Achieve It?

Mistreatment in childbirth violates the fundamental obligation of a health system to provide support and healing in childbirth, can cause lasting emotional trauma, and goes against our Christian calling to provide compassionate care. What is driving mistreatment during childbirth, one of the most important times a woman needs support and quality care? This webinar held March 28, 2019 focused on the types and prevalence of mistreatment, the rights of a childbearing woman as she receives care during pregnancy and birth and current tools and resources being used in multiple settings to decrease mistreatment and improve the quality of care.

Suzanne Stalls, CNM, MA, Senior Technical Advisor, Maternal Child Survival Program, Jhpiego
Jean Chamberlain Froese, MD, Founder and Executive Director, Save the Mothers
The session was moderated by Allison Flynn, MPH, Senior Program Advisor for Health & Nutrition, World Relief.

Upcoming Training

Global Health and Tropical Medicine Overview | by Christian Health Service Corps | This course covers WHO guidelines such as Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses, topics such as malnutrition, skills including suturing, and an approach to tropical diseases. Check listings for upcoming dates.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Adapting Care Groups to Urban Slums: A Case Study of a Church-Based Effort to Improve Maternal and Child Health Outcomes in Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya by Judith Siambe Opiyoa and Paul Shetler Fast | Christian Journal for Global Health | December 2019 | The Center for Peacebuilding and Nationhood’s Maternal and Child Health Care Group project supported by Mennonite Central Committee in Mathare, one of the largest informal settlements in Kenya, was one of the first to adapt the Care Group model to an urban slum. Adapting the model was necessary in this challenging context characterized by high population density, crowding, extremely transient and unstable populations, low social trust, lack of traditional social structures, high crime, political disruption, and frequent rapid onset disasters. This study shows the pilot’s success and challenges in adapting care groups to the realities of a dense African urban slum, the innovative strategies the project has used, and the unique benefits of doing this work on a small scale rooted in a local church organization.

Child Health

Blessings International Pediatric Antibiotic Dosage Chart

Helping Children Become Resilient Workshop | by Dick Stellway, PhD | This workshop is designed to help groups develop an action plan to assist orphans and vulnerable children handle the challenges they face by building their resilience and coping capacity.

Bringing School and Community Together | by Dick Stellway, PhD | This workshop provides an agenda for a community event to address the impact of HIV/AIDS on children and youth and incorporates Dr. Ravi Jayakaran’s highly successful “Ten Seed Technique.”

CCIH Member Maternal and Child Health Programs

Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) 100 Days Campaign reduced maternal mortality by 25% (from 145 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births to 109 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births). In the campaign, CHAG facilities evaluated 100-day periods, looking for what went right for facilities that had no maternal deaths, and trying to find the root cause in cases where deaths occurred. The campaign focused on learning and building the capacity of facility staff through WhatsApp groups where medical personnel could ask questions and share information and assigning mentors to each of 74 hospitals. Key to the program was empowering facility staff to own their interventions and learn from their mistakes. Watch a video on the campaign.

CMMB CHAMPS Program (Children and Mothers Partnership)

IMA World Health Maternal and Child Health Programs

Resources from USAID

Maternal Health

Child Health

Newborn Health

World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) 2018-2019 SRMNCAH Policy Survey
The survey aims to assist countries to more effectively monitor the existence and content of relevant policies, guidelines, and laws and alignment with actions outlined in the
Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health 2016-2030.

Overall data portal
Country profiles

Data for a selected set of indicators from the survey are available on the WHO MNCAH data portal. You can create customized visualizations for these indicators to produce regional summary counts and find the survey questionnaire on this page.