Centre for Intervention Science in Maternal and Child Health, CISMAC


Hospital ward in India. Photo credit: Oslo Universitetssykehus

Improving health and survival for mother and children

Nearly 6 million children died before the age of five in low- and middle-income countries in 2015. Approximately 45 %, more than 2.5 million, die within the first month of life, 1 million of these on the first day. In addition, about one million unborn babies and 150,000 women die during childbirth.

Centre for Intervention Science in Maternal and Child Health, CISMAC, is anchored at the Centre for International Health (CIH), University of Bergen, Norway. CISMAC is a consortium of CIH and research institutions in Ethiopia, India, Nepal, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia. The consortium also includes Chr. Michelsens Institute, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the World Health Organization. 

CISMAC’s mission is to create a sustainable global network of institutions and individuals who carry out high-quality maternal,  newborn and child health (MNCH) intervention research in low and middle income countries. They develop and test interventions, and help translate into policy and practice those that are effective, thereby fostering MNCH and survival and child development.

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Saving mothers and children