Commitment to Action

Maternal and Infant Health Initiative (MIHI)

Commitment by

Republic of Zambia

In 2007, the Maternal and Infant Health Initiative (MIHI) committed to strengthen Zambia's maternal and infant healthcare system and consequently improve the country's staggering health statistics. Over the course of this five-year commitment, MIHI will develop and implement a strategically-coordinated system for delivering maternal, newborn and infant health services in selected districts in the Central Province of Zambia, across the continuum of care, to bring about positive health outcomes for mothers and babies.
Thus far, MIHI has developed curricula and teaching materials for midwives to utilize, helped construct a birthing center in the Kapiri Mposhi district, collaborated with the Zambian Ministry of Health to conduct training course in emergency obstetric and neonatal care, and conducted neonatal and resuscitation courses at Kapiri Mposhi and Kabwe hospitals with 69 healthcare provider attendees.





Maternal and Infant Health Initiative (MIHI)



Est. Duration

5 years

Estimated Total Value






Commitment by

Republic of Zambia

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Harvard University Community Gifts, Harvard Women's Leadership Board, United Nations Population Fund, University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia, Maureen Mwanawasa Community Initiative, Zambia Ministry of Health, The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Lynch Foundation, Hansen Family Foundation, Cunnington Family Foundation, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital, Brigham & Women's Hospital