The Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa (IMCHA) initiative is an eight-year partnership co-funded by Global Affairs Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and Canada’s International Development Research Centre.
The initiative seeks to improve maternal, newborn, and child health by using primary health care as an entry point to strengthen health systems, and ensure they are more equitable.
IMCHA supports 19 research teams in 11 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and two health policy and research organizations (HPROs). One of the roles of the HPROs is to facilitate the use of research evidence to inform policies and practice to strengthen health systems. For more information about the IMCHA initiative, you can visit the IDRC websiteRead more..


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Imcha newsletter 2017

Imcha Newsletter 2017

Maternal and child mortality rates

Approximately 550 women die every day in sub-Saharan Africa from complications due to pregnancy or childbirth - so many of these are preventable!

Children under the age of five in sub-Saharan Africa are 16 times more likely to die than in high- income countries due to poor access to quality healthcare services.

The solution

These deaths are preventable. Stronger and more resilient health systems and more informed populations are the key to ensuring that fewer women die while giving life.
Africa’s maternal mortality reduced by 50% between 1990 and 2013.

Africa’s Under-5 mortality rates reduced by over 50% from 1990 to 2011.
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