Plan International USA approaches health programming with a commitment to create healthy and safe environments that address the different needs of girls and boys throughout their life cycle, and allow for their personal growth as healthy, educated, and active community members.
Through our community-based and gender-sensitive approach, we work with marginalized communities to ensure that they have access to the health services necessary to survive and thrive, and to equip them with the information, skills, and self-efficacy to manage their health. We work with communities, civil society, and governments to strengthen health systems and create enabling environments in which women, men, youth, and children can fulfill their potential. In 2014, our health portfolio amounted to over $145 million, providing marginalized populations in more than 50 countries worldwide with targeted health-related programming across a variety of sectors.
Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health — Women and children are particularly vulnerable populations facing specific health concerns. We promote the availability of and accessibility to quality and sustainable maternal and child health services. Our programs focus on reducing newborn and maternal mortality, reducing child mortality, and supporting the healthy transition of children to adolescence and adulthood.
Nutrition — Proper nutrition and growth monitoring is essential for health and for childhood development. We work to improve knowledge, skills, competencies, and capabilities related to nutrition at the community level through a range of interventions. To maximize impact, our nutrition programming is often cross-sectoral, including nutrition-sensitive programming such as agriculture and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), and is frequently combined with our early childhood care and development work that improves access to quality primary health care and social services.
Reproductive Health — Our programming ensures that adolescents, youth, and women realize their rights to sexual and reproductive health, including access to information, education, and services. Our program areas include family planning, sexual and reproductive health rights, eradicating female genital mutilation/cutting and other harmful traditional practices, and HIV/AIDS. We support 15 grant-funded projects focused specifically on adolescent reproductive health in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Health Systems Strengthening — By working closely with ministries of health and government officials, we foster supportive relationships that enable high-quality technical assistance focused on national priorities and maximizing the effectiveness of existing resources to build stronger, more sustainable health sectors.
Danielle Grant, Director -Health