Maternal and Child Health


The country programme aims at contributing to improved and equitable use of high-impact culturally appropriate maternal, new-born and child health interventions from pregnancy to adolescence and promotion of healthy behaviors in rural indigenous communities. Working in partnership with key actors, UNICEF supports the Government of Bolivia to end preventable child and maternal deaths, with a view to reducing under-five and maternal mortality to 10 per cent by the end of 2017.

Strategic approach

UNICEF supports the health sector in Bolivia through providing equitable delivery of proven and cost effective high impact interventions ensuring that the most disadvantaged groups are reached with lifesaving and preventive interventions even in humanitarian situations. This involves UNICEF assisting the government to strengthen its planning processes, implementing evidence-based cost-effective interventions, and reinforcing health workers’ competencies.

In addition, UNICEF assists with the improvement of the health surveillance system and promotes behavior change through the use of culturally-sensitive messages, generating demand for quality services.

Innovative models are employed such as situation analyses for equity, UNICEF’s Monitoring Results for Equity System, and “Marginal Budgeting for Bottlenecks” which highlight the major barriers to reaching the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children. The strengthening of partnerships at all levels is critical.


Being able to partner effectively and efficiently to enhance results for children, based on the UNICEF comparative advantage and shared commitments to common principles and results, has never been more important. Strategic partnerships continue to play a central role in advancing results for children with equity. UNICEF builds their capacity through partnerships with national and local governments, civil society, academic institutions and the private sector, reducing the dependence on governments and other actors on development assistance over time.

The main partners supporting the Maternal and Child Health Component of the YCSD Programme are the Ministry of Health, the departmental and municipal health authorities and civil society organizations

Budget estimate

Output/Line of Action 2016 2017 Total
Children, adolescents, mothers, fathers, families and communities in the intervention area have competencies in maternal/child health, nutrition and HIV prevention 340,000 340,000 680,000
Health networks and select services are strengthened in their capacity to implement effective and impactful interventions to provide quality and culturally appropriate services in health, maternal/child, and HIV 453,333 453,333 906,666
Subnational authorities allocate budgets for cost-effective interventions aimed at impacting bottlenecks present in maternal/child health, and HIV service delivery 340,000 340,000 680,000
Total Required Budget $1,133,333 $1,133,333 $2,266,668
Total Available $368,463 - $368,463
Funding Gap $764,870 $1,133,333 $1,898,205