ACCESS Preservice Assessment
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) maternal and newborn health
program is dedicated to reducing maternal mortality. The program is designed to focus attention
on the delivery of high-impact interventions to address major direct causes of maternal and
newborn mortality while strengthening health systems by addressing human resource issues.
USAID supports policies, strategies, and programs that promote awareness, prevention, and
intervention across the childbearing cycle. USAID’s Global Health (GH) program supports in-
service and pre-service education (PSE)/training of skilled birth attendants to improve essential
and emergency obstetric and newborn care (EONC/EmONC) skills to manage complications and
is introducing quality improvement tools to monitor and enhance performance. USAID/GH also
supports quality of care and health system strengthening to promote an environment that
contributes to maternal survival.