Informed decisions for actions in maternal and newborn health

Pact: strengthening maternal, newborn & child health frontline worker organisations

Pact: strengthening maternal, newborn & child health frontline worker organisations

Pact is an international, nonprofit organization with forty years of experience. Strengthening maternal, newborn & child health (MNCH) frontline worker organisations is a three-year project run by Pact to provide intensive capacity development support to MNCH frontline worker organisations in Adamawa and Gombe states in Nigeria with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Pact collaborates with 17 local government authorities, 6 civil society partners, traditional birth attendants and one national NGO to increase their organisational, influencing and adaptive capacities; all needed to meet the maternal and neonatal healthcare needs of the communities served.


Innovation are implemented under the following work components:

Capacity building

Using its Organizational Capacity Assessment, contextualised for NE Nigeria, Pact works with partners to assess their current capacity and develop plans for targeted strengthening exercises. With support from Pact, each partner develops a personalised Institutional Strengthening Plan, the implementation of which is supported by a designated guiding Pact mentor.


Using the Organizational Network Analysis tool, a combination of a customised survey, social mapping software, and investments in network strengthening, Pact is supporting the Gombe State MNCH Working Group to strategise its interventions. Pact will launch similar work with the Adamawa MNCH Working Group in year two of the project.

Providing enabling conditions

Pact is working with state and local government as well as civil society to identify opportunities for collaborative problem solving and joint interventions. Using Pact’s Enabling Conditions Barometer tool, government and civil society work together to identify their strengths and weaknesses in responding to the needs of the communities they serve. Together, they will develop and monitor plans for targeted actions that will support an enabling environment. 


Pact is working closely with Society for Family Health (SFH) in Gombe state Nigeria to ensure that local partners, including the Federation of Muslim Women’s Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN), National Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Pastoral Resolve, Ecclesial ‘Yan Uwa, and traditional birth attendants, receive high quality support based on best practices and adapted for the local environment.  Pact also supports SFH to enhance its internal sub-grants systems, providing more timely, accurate and transparent financial support to local partners.

Pact also works closely with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine’s IDEAS project to ensure that data is collected, accurately analysed and disseminated, and is not redundant across the efforts of various actors working in MNCH.

Read Pact's December 2013 newsletter

Developing an Institutional Strengthening Plan © Pact