Scaling up the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Programme in the Pacific.
Description/achievement of initiative

The main goal is to contribute to the improvement of the health and nutrition status of women and children in the Pacific in order to support the attainment of the national, regional and global targets. The programme will continue to contribute to accelerated reduction of neonatal, infant and under-five child mortality; improved maternal health with equity; It will address major killers of children (neonatal conditions, pneumonia, diarrhea and malnutrition) and risks to maternal health through identification of supply bottlenecks and advocacy and support for their removal.

Implementation methodologies

National outcomes will anchor approaches through alignment under the Joint UN Action Plan with Pacific island country priorities, systems and practices to help ensure government-led and government-owned processes

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Capacity development through systemic and iterative processes to strengthen capacity of national stakeholders to plan, coordinate, implement, monitor and evaluate, and systematically remove programme and management bottlenecks. This will include: key government officials, health personnel (e.g. public health nurses, nurses aids, village health workers), community leaders, NGOs, civil society organizations, faith-based organizations, etc.Procurement and distribution of equipment such as cold chain equipment, vaccines, nutrition supplies (e.g. Vitamin A and de-worming tablets).

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

Delivery approaches across all Programme areas will help ensure government leadership; working in partnerships; and high quality data linked to policy development and communications.


New Zealand - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, UNICEF
Progress reports
Goal 2
By 2017, all health facilities in five (5) selected PICs have enhanced pregnancy outcomes and reduce maternal and newborn illness and deaths.
By 2017, 120,000 children under five (80%) in seven (7) PICs receive quality of clinical service for pneumonia (proper antibiotic) and diarrhea (new ORS and zinc tablet).
. By 2017, 260,000 children under-five in 14 PICs are free from polio, measles and hepatitis B infection.
By 2017, malnutrition especially stunting, will be prevented and reduced in children under 2yrs in at least 3 PICs
Financing (in USD)
42 USD
In-kind contribution
Staff / Technical expertise

Basic information
Time-frame: 0000-00-00 - December 31, 2017
New Zealand - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, UNICEF
Contact information
Karen Allen , UNICEF Pacific Multi -Country Office Representative, kallen@unicef.org
United Nations