Under the 2016 – 2020 Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS), USAID/Zimbabwe anticipates awarding a five-year $25 million cooperative agreement to provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC) at the national level and in Manicaland province.
award will be made through a full and open competition, under which any type of organization is eligible to apply.
Building on the achievements of current USAID-supported activities, the purpose of the activity is improved maternal, youth, and child health and survival in beneficiary communities and populations.
This activity will improve the health of women, youth, and children in Manicaland by strengthening maternal, newborn, child health and family planning (integrated MNCH-FP) service delivery throughout the continuum of care, i.e., from the home, to the community, to the primary care facility, and to the tertiary referral hospital.
Continuum of care refers to a concept involving a system that guides and tracks patients over time through a comprehensive array of health services spanning all levels and intensity of care.
Integrated MNCH-FP service delivery refers to combining together MNCH and FP health services in order to expand access to care, increase efficiencies, and improve health outcomes.
The activity will also increase access to a broader range of family planning methods through outreach services at the national level.
This activity will contribute to the attainment of the Mission’s Development Objective (DO) 2:
Increased number of Zimbabweans living longer and healthier lives.
This activity will support the Intermediate Result (IR) 2. 4:
Improved maternal and child health status in targeted populations as outlined in the CDCS.The overall purpose of this activity is improved maternal, youth, and child health and survival in targeted communities and populations.
This will be achieved through the following intermediate results:
1. Improved quality of MNCH-FP services 2. Increased use of MNCH-FP services and targeting hard to reach populations 3. Strengthened community systems and linkages to integrated MNCH-FP services.
4. Improved capacity for policy implementationThese intermediate results are expected to be achieved through close collaboration with Zimbabwe’s MOHCC and provincial and district health managers in Manicaland, as well as the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC).
This activity will incorporate the guiding principles of the CDCS and strategies that seek to strengthen health systems, improve service delivery quality, transform gender relations, and reduce barriers to improved health and health-seeking behaviors.