To help Jordan attain its development goals, USAID is working with the Government of Jordan to create strategies for broad-based political and economic reforms to increase prosperity, accountability, and equality for a more stable and democratic Jordan. Under this window, USAID/Jordan anticipates awarding a five-year Cooperative Agreement to support child and maternal health and nutrition status by improving breastfeeding practices, introducing appropriate complementary foods at the right time, and ensuring appropriate child spacing through postpartum family planning and continuation of modern forms of contraception.

Jordan is highly urbanized with overall good access to health services. Nearly all pregnant women benefit from antenatal care and child delivery at health facilities. Infant mortality decreased by 200 percent between 1990 and 2017, while life expectancy increased to 72 years for men and 74 years for women. Despite a strong overall upward trend, Jordan continues to face health and nutrition challenges. In particular, infant and young child feeding practices do not support optimal growth, development and health.

In Jordan, much of USAID’s programming focuses on improving the quality of, and access to, family planning and reproductive health services, while public outreach campaigns seek to increase the number of Jordanians requesting and using modern family planning and reproductive health services. Additionally, maternal, newborn and child healthcare activities focus on improving key aspects of in-hospital obstetrical and neonatal care and scaling-up advanced interventions. USAID also focuses on improving the quality of healthcare systems through enhancing service delivery, workforce development, knowledge and information systems management and infrastructure improvements. 

USAID/Jordan contemplates providing assistance to organizations working at the community and health facility level to:
1. Increase adoption of optimal family planning and infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices in target communities;
2. Improve health care provider support for good IYCF, healthy family diet, and family planning practices;
Cross-cutting interventions that:
3. Improve linkages between clinical services and community-based interventions for family planning, infant, young child, and maternal nutrition.

The expected Intermediate Results are:

  • Increase in CBOs implementing high quality community-based family nutrition and family planning programs
  • Increased community-based postpartum family planning and continued family planning, nutrition, and breastfeeding support to pregnant and lactating women
  • Strengthened knowledge and improved attitudes related to family planning, maternal, young child, infant nutrition
  • Improved health care provider knowledge, attitudes, and counselling skills for healthy family diet, family planning, and IYCF
  • Improved maternity and newborn services in target health facilities for postpartum
    family planning and early initiation of and sustained breastfeeding
  • Nutrition, including IYCF and breastfeeding, and family planning incorporated into clinical and nutrition
    education with both theoretical and practical learning
The primary target populations are pregnant, postpartum and lactating women, under five children, newborns, and family and community influencers - such as men, grandparents, and local leaders. Male and female health care providers, including those in hospitals, comprehensive health centers, primary health centers, village health centers, and those working at the community level will also be included in this activity.

USAID intends to award one Cooperative Agreement pursuant to this notice of funding opportunity. Subject to funding availability and at the discretion of the Agency, USAID intends to provide $19.7 million in total USAID funding over a five year period. Deadline for submission of proposals is 15 September 2019.

Join DARPE to know more about this PFH – Community Health and Nutrition – Jordan CAN grant

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This document was produced by DARPE, September, 2019.

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