Priorities for accelerating progress towards reducing Zambia’s maternal mortality rate. MAMaZ

Authors: Health Partners International
Document Type: Policy and technical briefs
Publication Date: 2011

This briefing note, produced by the UK-Aid funded Mobilising Access to Maternal Health Services in Zambia (MAMaZ) programme, and targeted to Zambian politicians, parliamentarians, administrators and other key stakeholders, advocates for renewed commitment to accelerating progress towards the maternal health Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets. The call to action is framed with reference to the Zambian Government’s Campaign for Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Zambia (CARMMAZ), which was launched in 2010. Based on MAMaZ’s experience, the briefing note sets out the critical health systems, governance and demand-side challenges that are undermining the national safe motherhood effort, and proposes three priority steps that can be taken to address these. The briefing note argues for a comprehensive and co-ordinated policy response which focuses on provision of quality interventions that span the hospital to household continuum, and which help to strengthen the health system as a whole.

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Tags: Zambia, Health policy, MAMaZ, Newborn health, Maternal health, Maternal mortality ratio, Community engagement, Millenium Development Goals, Emergency Transport Scheme, Access to health services, Family planning, Health care financing, Essential Newborn Care,