Key results from MORE MAMaZ – a successful community empowerment initiative. MORE MAMaZ

Authors: MORE MAMaZ
Document Type: Policy and technical briefs
Publication Date: 2016

Rural communities in Zambia face enormous challenges in terms of access to maternal and newborn health (MNH) care. Only five in ten rural births are attended to by a skilled provider, compared to almost nine in ten urban births – a striking rural-urban divide.

The More Mobilising Access to Maternal Health Services in Zambia programme (MORE MAMaZ) programme worked with the Zambian government to scale up a community-based intervention that addressed MNH barriers and delays originating at household and community levels. The programme strengthened and broadened the focus of the national Safe Motherhood Action Group (SMAG) initiative, a key part of the government’s safe motherhood policy response. An empowerment approach mobilised communities around a MNH agenda and built local capacity to take action. The results from MORE MAMaZ provide robust evidence of the effectiveness of the approach.

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Tags: Capacity building, Zambia, Antenatal care, Safe Motherhood Action Groups, Skilled birth attendants, Community engagement, Safe motherhood, Access to health services, Community volunteers, Community-based programmes and interventions, Universal health coverage, Gender-based violence, MNCH, social support, GBV, violence against women and girls, women's and girls' empowerment, Gender dynamics, VAWG, community response, social inclusion, social and behavioural change communication, policy development, community monitoring systems, maternal newborn and child health, reaching every woman,