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Go-MCH works to improve the survival of women and children with scientifically-based, culturally sensitive, local solutions that are developed using strategies advised by medical and public health experts living in the communities in which we serve.
Our Board of Directors is comprised of public health specialists and physicians with a background and career focused on the health and well-being of low income women and children in the US and internationally. The dedicated board communicates on a weekly i not daily basis and meets as a group regularly as part of bi-annual meetings and quarterly meetings. There are sub-committees focused on particular programs and systems, as well as ongoing communication and collaboration with members of the Scientific Advisory Board. The board of directors is the primary driving force behind all of the programs and initiatives. Please see Go-MCH_BoD-Summary_2015.
Our Board of Directors works in partnership with the Scientific Advisory Board, comprised of members who live in the communities we serve and not only understand the intricacies of the culture, but also current available resources, are connected to other NGOs, governmental agencies, and community activities. Members provide guidance on NGO partnerships and drive the organization’s initiative and program priorities. Members volunteer their time and communicate via, phone, email, video chat, and cloud tools. Their participation is integral to ensuring community, ethnic, and economic needs of the population are understood during program development phase, and are committed to making a difference.
Go-MCH is lead by a group of volunteer doctors, scientists, and public health specialized focused on international Maternal and Child Health, and with a breadth of experience they bring with them to develop compelling initiatives and work as part of the Board of Directors and the Scientific Advisory Board. Working on a volunteer basis ensures that every dollar goes strait to the field, the programs being implemented, and the women and children needing health care, nutrition, clean water, and medicine. Dedicated scientists and doctors donate their time, energy, and resources to work together and achieve the goals of Go-MCH. Through a network of shared online resources and collaboration tools, we stay connected from all ends of the world; and many of the online tools we use are very low cost or completely free.
Our cost-conscious administrative decisions are what enable us to maintain extremely low overhead and keep all donations going directly to the women and children who need it most.
Why is Go-MCH Different from other non-profits?
There are hundreds of non-profit organizations working to help communities, their nation, or internationally in some way. Some organizations may focus on particular diseases, populations, or regions. Go-MCH is different because of its commitment to low overhead costs, building a network of NGO partnerships that we help expand capacity to improve delivery of critical public health and clinical services, instead of creating new programs in the field. We provide strategic direction, organizational change, and systems modeling using the latest research combined with expert medical and public health guidance. We prioritize cultural and ethnic needs at the community and family level, and constantly look for unique solutions that can be modeled, and/or strengthen capacity of, for impactful outcomes.
Solutions that can last long term are always a top priority. Our goal is not to stay in-country forever and for the population to be dependent on our funding in order to survive and thrive.
Our aim is to improve accessibility, sustainability, and provide long term solutions that can work in the particular community and culture.
Fiscal responsibility is as equally important to the long term success of any program as the staff, program structure, and outcomes.
The impetus for staff to contribute comes from within, and is built through trust in the organization.
Flexibility and ability to adapt quickly is essential for growth and staying ahead of potential pitfalls.
Through a dedicated board of directors, creative solutions are developed through combined multidisciplinary skill sets. Creative solutions are at the heart of the organization’s strength.
Go-MCH is a young organization and therefore also very flexible and able to adapt very quickly to changing situations, including the needs of the program and communities they serve and work towards organizational sustainable business management as well as programs that can provide long-term change.
The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health is governed by the PMNCH Board and its two accompanying committees — the Finance Committee and the Executive Committee. The Board Members represent their constituencies, made up of the full membership of the Partnership, as well as a balance between the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health interest and geographical areas. The Partnership Board has a Chair and two co-Chairs.
During 2009-2011, The Partnership work plan centers on six priority actions where its membership can add value through collaboration and consensus building. Each priority action is led by a Lead Partner accountable to the Partnership Board and supported and facilitated by the PMNCH Secretariat. Each action has a series of milestones – reflecting specific activities, as shown below – which themselves lead to a range of outputs that is expected to deliver a single outcome.
This brochure describes the objectives of The Partnership, the challenges to be tackled and the priority actions set up to reach the objectives: ImprovingMNCH.pdf
The Healthy Newborn Network (HNN) is a partnership of organizations and individual members committed to improving newborn health around the world. HNN was launched in 2010 as an initiative of Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives (SNL) Program.
Go-MCH: Our mission is to improve the survival and well being of infants, women, and children in impoverished communities using evidence-based research and proven community interventions advised by our scientific advisory members in the field. Our programs aim to be high impact and sustainable for long term solutions that can save a life, and make it last.
What We Do:
Go-MCH focuses on Capacity Building, Reducing Duplication, Sustainability, and Scientific evidence-based programs imbedded in monitoring and evaluation with baseline data, and results have illustrated marked survival improvements. This ensures our programs can provide the highest impact, work efficiently, and ensure the most effective levels of intervention to support women and children who need it most.
We use experts from the field through our network of contacts and our Scientific Advisory Board to identify and develop culturally sensitive programs customized to the locality in which the program serves.
The Board of Directors is comprised of specialists with unique backgrounds and educations, who provide essential perspectives on maternal and child health, community building, family-related social issues, and barriers to accessing healthcare and are committed to improving maternal and child health within the United States and internationally.
Intervention programs are being developed to improve access in the following areas:
✤ Health Care
✤ Newborn Survival
✤ Maternal Survival
Go-MCH works to combat barriers of culture, religion, and oppression in nations where these issues affect women and children’s ability to access needed services.
Though our mission is not politically oriented, our goal is to improve a family’s health and well being, add to collaborative projects and advocate to those who need a voice. Our work involves communication, scientific inquiry, research, and education.
Go-MCH strives to reduce duplication of programs and instead prioritize partnerships to and expand capacity and impact to existing services. We do this through collaboration and communication with volunteers from our Scientific Advisory Board as well as a variety of resources based on research.
We also are working to link existing community resources together to help the people who need it most. Often times, small NGOs and community organizations do not have the time to pull resources from other areas. Through this, we hope to help donation and grant dollars go further and improve the services from which women, infants, and children can benefit long term.