Bridging the Referral Gap – the Emergency Transport Scheme. MORE MAMaZ

Authors: MORE MAMaZ
Document Type: Presentations
Publication Date: 2016

Presented at the End of Programme Dissemination event in Zambia on 8th September 2016.

MORE MAMaZ used non-motorised Intermediate Modes of Transport (IMTs) to improve rural communities’ physical access to health facilities. Over a hundred bicycles and 18 ox carts were built during MORE MAMaZ.

Working closely with District Health Management Teams (DHMTs), communities were mobilised and riders were adequately trained. Emergency Transport Schemes (ETS) improved access and built community cohesion but ETS worked best when implemented as part of a broader community engagement and empowerment effort that addresses all demand-side barriers to use of MNH services simultaneously.

MORE Mobilising Access to Maternal Health in Zambia (MORE MAMaZ) was funded by Comic Relief. The programme was implemented by Transaid, Health Partners International, Development Data and Disacare in partnership with the Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health and District Community Health Teams.

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Tags: Capacity building, Zambia, Antenatal care, Safe Motherhood Action Groups, Skilled birth attendants, Community engagement, Safe motherhood, Emergency transport, Bicycle ambulances, Access to health services, Community volunteers, Community-based programmes and interventions, Universal health coverage, Emergency Transport Schemes, Maternal newborn child health, MNCH, ETS, social support, women's and girls' empowerment, community response, social inclusion, policy development, community monitoring systems, reaching every woman,