Maternal and Child Health
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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.