Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Program (MNCH) at Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)

Addis Ababa

Thanks to a fellowship from the Global Health Leadership Institute, I was able to intern for almost ten weeks at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in Ethiopia. I worked on its new Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health program (MNCH). I had many roles throughout my internship. I was responsible for carrying out a baseline assessment at Primary Health Care Units and Hospitals in the northern region of Ethiopia called Tigray. I was also given the task of researching and writing about innovative technologies surrounding maternal health, and drafting concept notes, reports and guidelines on various topics under the MNCH program. Most importantly, I devised Knowledge and Skills Assessment Tools for the Midwife Mentorship Initiative. The goal of the assessment tools is to evaluate the impact of the MNCH initiative, whose aim is to build the knowledge and skill capacity of health care workers on MNCH services. The project involved a lot of researching, creative and analytical thinking, as well as discussion with various health care professionals. I relished the independence that I was given to not only develop the tools, but also to train the midwife mentors to use them. Being in charge of my own sub-project was definitely the highlight of my summer.