This factsheet presents eight messages for policy makers in the health sector based on the lessons learned and results from the MORE Mobilising Access to Maternal Health in Zambia (MORE MAMaZ) programme.
- A well-designed community engagement and empowerment approach can result in rapid and significant improvements in maternal and newborn health indicators and other gains for women and girls
- Community transport is an essential part of the safe motherhood policy response
- Training a large number of Safe Motherhood Action Group (SMAG) volunteers in each community is important to obtain high coverage achieve rapid change, and for sustainability
- It is possible to successfully mainstream a focus on Gender Based Violence (GBV) into the work of SMAGs and other community health volunteers at low cost
- It is important that any community engagement reaches out to the least supported
- DHMTs could benefit from an having an individual to lead on activities that help to strengthen the community health system
- It is essential to address the supply- side bottlenecks alongside interventions that focus on increasing demand for services.