Community emergency transport schemes for prevention of maternal mortality. PRRINN-MNCH

Authors: Health Partners International
Document Type: Policy and technical briefs
Publication Date: 2013

This is the third of five technical briefs on the theme of community engagement, that draw on the results and lessons learned from the PRRINN-MNCH programme. This particular brief focuses on community emergency transport schemes for prevention of maternal mortality. The key messages are:

Community-based emergency transport schemes (ETS) fill a crucial gap in the referral chain by transporting expectant mothers to health facilities cheaply and efficiently.

  1. The lives of thousands of women and babies have been saved in all three intervention states.
  2. ETS has the potential to be scaled up nationwide under the leadership of the NURTW (National Union of Road Transport Workers).
  3. Community-based ETS works best when implemented as part of a comprehensive strategy which addresses key MNCH barriers simultaneously


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Tags: Nigeria, Community-led systems, Scaling up, Newborn health, Maternal health, Community engagement, PRRINN-MNCH, Access to health services, PATHS, Emergency Transport Scheme Emergency Transport System,