However 70-80% of maternal deaths could be avoided with appropriate ante and postnatal care from skilled midwives and health workers
AMREF is working alongside the European Commission on a cross-country project to address this issue, putting mothers and children at the forefront of Africa’s health development work. AMREF’s four year project will strengthen the capacity of communities, Civil Society Organisations and local authorities to improve Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) for marginalised communities in Tanzania, Kenya and South Sudan.
We will do this by providing on-going training and support for Community Health Workers, who will be given guidance on how to encourage behavioural change within communities, to help the local population better understand how to stay healthy. Local Civil Society Organisations will also be given support and training to provide health services and education to their members.
The project aims to reach over 500,000 people with better health facilities and more Health Workers. AMREF’s work Placing Mothers and Children First aims to achieve:
- Communities, especially women and girls, who are empowered with the knowledge to promote health-seeking behaviour, demand and access MNCH services;
- Increased capacity of local health systems to manage and deliver inclusive and comprehensive community-responsive MNCH services;
- Strengthened Civil Society Organisation (CSO) capacity to participate in decision-making and influence MNCH policies and practices at local, national and international levels;
- Regionally collated knowledge and information, gained from data collected within the community by local people, that will be used to inform policy making at national, regional and international levels.