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The InPATH Project: Integrated Pathways for Improving Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

The Integrated Pathways for Improving Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (InPATH) project contributed to the reduction of maternal and child mortality in 3 districts in Malawi. It was part of the Government of Canada’s Partnerships for Strengthening Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.
Targeted population
3 years
2018* to 2021
Districts of Kasungu, Chitipa and Salima
The project in has been successfully completed
Our key strategies

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.

A·B·C for Sustainability


  • 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.

Behaviour change

  • 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.

*The InPATH Project began its design phase in 2017


70,373 people were impacted by the InPATH project in 2021.

Reduced the maternal mortality rates by an average of 40 or fewer deaths per 100,000 births.

Reduced neonatal mortality rates by an average of 17 fewer deaths per 100,000 births

SABC in times of Covid-19 | InPATH Project, Malawi
Musical Social Art for Behaviour Change initiatives with artist Skeffa
Partners involved

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 Cowater, our executing partner — it’s thanks to all of these partners that this life-changing project is possible!


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