Over the past three decades, the health status of women, newborns, and children has improved significantly. These gains, however, have not been equal across or within countries, and challenges remain. Globally, 295,000 mothers and  5.3 million children under age 5  still die each year, primarily in low- and middle-income countries and from preventable causes.

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MOMENTUM Knowledge Accelerator will catalyze improvements in maternal, newborn, and child health programs by ensuring the right information reaches the right people in the right formats to inform decisions that save lives and reduce illness and disability. As part of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) flagship, multi-award MOMENTUM program, MOMENTUM Knowledge Accelerator will support improvements in voluntary family planning and reproductive health activities, including their integration with maternal and child health programs, providing health and cost benefits to USAID priority countries.

Using a more targeted, context-specific approach, MOMENTUM will increase the ability of partner country institutions and local organizations to create demand for, deliver, scale up, and sustain quality evidence-based interventions.

Among the MOMENTUM awards, MOMENTUM Knowledge Accelerator will play a unique role, coordinating the systematic collection, analysis, synthesis, translation, and sharing of data and learning across the entire suite. This role includes collaborating with all MOMENTUM awards to tell the collective story of MOMENTUM’s impact on maternal and child health, voluntary family planning, and reproductive health at the global and country levels.

PRB leads a dynamic team that includes JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc., and Ariadne Labs, the innovation center at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, as core partners. Together, the team will support the MOMENTUM suite in building on existing evidence and best practices, introducing new ideas and approaches, and facilitating adaptive learning and management of interventions to improve the health of women and children.