The H6 Initiative to Accelerate Support for Maternal and Newborn Health

Reporting Organization:UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 50,000,000
Timeframe: March 31, 2011 - December 30, 2016
Status: Completion
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Burkina Faso - $ 8,000,000.00 (16.00%)

Congo (DRC) - $ 8,000,000.00 (16.00%)

Sierra Leone - $ 8,000,000.00 (16.00%)

Zambia - $ 8,000,000.00 (16.00%)

Zimbabwe - $ 8,000,000.00 (16.00%)

Region - Total Budget Allocation

North Africa - $ 2,500,000.00 (5.00%)

Sub-Saharan Africa - $ 2,500,000.00 (5.00%)

Central Asia - $ 1,250,000.00 (2.50%)

East Asia - $ 1,250,000.00 (2.50%)

South Asia - $ 1,250,000.00 (2.50%)

Southeast Asia - $ 1,250,000.00 (2.50%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Health Systems, Training & Infrastructure (80 %)

Reproductive Health & Rights incl. Maternal Health (20 %)

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The H6 Global Initiative to Accelerate Support for Maternal and Newborn Health aims to significantly reduce maternal and newborn mortality in countries with the highest incidences of maternal and newborn illness and death. The program is a collaborative mechanism comprised of the UN health agencies, collectively referred to as the H6 (the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United Nations Population Fund, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, the World Bank, and UN Women) to assist high-burden countries in accelerating the implementation of commitments already made to the UN Secretary General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Adult men Adolescent females Adolescent males Under-5 children Newborns
Total Direct Population: 109,159
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results


Achieved Results

Results achieved as of December 2015 include strengthened coordination between United Nations health agencies, and improved ability of governments to deliver effective maternal, newborn and child health services. The H6 initiative supported the provision of essential care for mothers, newborns and children in 639 health facilities across 10 countries, and trained more than 13,500 health care providers. For example, in Sierra Leone, 6,000 women benefited from ante-natal care outreach and post-natal care in hard-to-reach areas, and 2,100 community health workers engaged in door-to-door campaigning in two districts to raise awareness of the threat of Ebola for mothers, newborns and children. In Burkina Faso, national Family Planning Week reached 56,632 new users of family planning services and 28,957 obstetrical complications were managed with a 1.4% mortality rate, and 984 parents (950 women and 34 men) and 986 adolescents (828 girls and 160 boys) were counseled on sexual and reproductive rights.

These results are contributing to improving the quality of health services available to vulnerable populations, particularly mothers and newborns.


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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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