The InPATH project: Integrated Pathways for Improving Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
One Drop thanks Global Affairs Canada and JCM Power, our funding partners for the InPATH Project — as well as Plan International – Canada and Malawi, and the Society of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians of Canada (SOGC), the project’s Consortium Members; the Government of Malawi, Ministry of Health, the project’s governmental partner; and CowaterSogema, our executing partner — it’s thanks to all of these partners that this life-changing project is possible!
The InPATH project aims to reduce maternal and child mortality rates in the districts of Chitipa, Kasungu, and Salima in Malawi, by strengthening local health systems and improved district-level governance and accountability for improving health services for mothers, newborns, and children. Selected health centres are being improved to support safe and hygienic WASH environments for deliveries and for antenatal and postnatal care, by providing running water, improved sanitation, renovated maternity rooms, and health facilities staff able to provide basic emergency obstetric and newborn care services.
- The aims are to improve the management of water, sanitation, and medical waste in all of the district’s health centres and hospitals; to improve access to the running water supply, handwashing points, latrines, toilets, and medical waste management facilities; to address facility capacity issues and community-based human resources requirements for health services; to strengthen local health systems; and to improve WASH services governance and accountability.
- The InPATH project fosters behaviour change to ensure proper sanitation and hygiene practices and the proper use of health facilities. The specific behaviours addressed include handwashing with soap and water (HWWS) for skilled birth attendants, and latrine usage and HWWS for patients and visitors
- This project builds capital through entrepreneurial training of women’s groups, for the monitoring, maintenance, and repair of WASH services infrastructure.