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