Maternal New-born Child Health (MNCH) Week
In March 2010, the Federal government through the National Council on Health (NCH), adopted, a week long, bi-annual (May & November) implementation of MNCH Week in Nigeria. This came against the backdrop of unacceptably poor maternal and under-5 health indices in the country and urgent need to interrupt and reverse the trend. It was expected to improve facility based health seeking behavior of the people. High impact, cost effective lifesaving interventions and services are delivered to pregnant women and under-5 children at the primary health facilities during this week, nationwide.
The General Objective of MNCH Week is to contribute to health systems strengthening through improved promotion, delivery and utilization of health and nutrition services by women and children. Other specific objectives are to increase the coverage of MNCH Week interventions and to improve the capacity of health workers to deliver good quality services.
Each round of implementation has pre-implementation, implementation and post implementation activities. The pre-implementation planning meetings before each round involved the key stake holders like NPHCDA, FMoH, SMoH, UNICEF, WHO, Helen Keller, International Micronutrient Initiatives (MI). There were also training of monitors and resource persons before deployment to the states for technical support and monitoring of the implementation processes at the state and local government levels.