Course Overview
From the earliest of times, health of the mother and her child have been recognized as a major determinant of socioeconomic advancement and a progressive economy. However, contrary to this basic need of a nation, negative drivers exist in all societies which adversely affect the health of this potentially vulnerable section of the population.
Better Maternal & Child Health (MCH) is a continuous global need rather than being thought of primarily as a discipline focused on the developing world. Evidence-based best practices in maternal and child health (MCH) have transformed this conventional discipline into an interdisciplinary profession, creating a need for specialized public health professionals who are trained to focus on the holistic well being of the mother and the child.
In a true global context Maternal and child health service can be defined as “promoting, preventing, therapeutic or rehabilitation facility or care for the mother and child” focused and tailored towards the specific need of the geographic region, recognizing the heterogeneous nature of the human population and wide range of associated outcomes.
The health of mothers and children is paramount in creating a healthy world. Despite considerable advancements in medical knowledge there are still women and children dying from preventable or treatable conditions related to pregnancy and childbirth.
Current CDC data reveals that still approximately 800 women die every day due to preventable or treatable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. 99% of this maternal mortality is in the developing parts of the world. WHO data for the year 2015 revealed that approximately 303,000 women died due to pregnancy or childbirth-related complications. In 2015 approximately 5.9 million children under five years died and 45% of these deaths occurred in the first 28 days of life.

At the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Implement and evaluate health promotion activities within child, family, and community health practice.
  • Demonstrate advanced clinical maternal and child health skills including maternal and family health assessment and competent use of screening tools.
  • Communicate effectively with children, families and groups to engage and support clients.
  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of the legislation, ethical codes and professional guidelines that direct professional practice.

Course Content

  • Foundations of maternal and child health
    Preventive concepts in maternal and child health
    • Maternal and child health system
    • Epidemiology
    • Reproductive health
    • Child health
    • General principles of immunization
    • Safe immunization
    • Major vaccine preventable diseases

Who should enroll?

This diploma is suitable for persons working in or planning to enter the humanitarian sector, including staff of humanitarian aid organizations, governments, and UN agencies. There are no prerequisites for this course. All participants are expected to have theoretical knowledge of humanitarianism, although humanitarian aid experience is not presumed

Training Format:

  • All materials are made available through our Online Learning Platform
  • Students should commit approximately 5-6 hours of their time per week

Materials Provided:

Online delivery of curriculum materials, exercises and templates.


In order to demonstrate their understanding of the course content, students will be required to submit assignments at the end of every month.

Duration of course – 6 months



ORGANIZERS: Capacity Africa Institute

LANGUAGE: English only


Kindly confirm your participation with:

Online Training Coordinator

Capacity Africa Institute