Reaching every woman every newborn through SMAGs. 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.

This presentation shares two complementary strategies used by the MORE MAMaZ programme to reach the hard to reach groups.

  1. A focus on local communities
  2. Training in communication and social factors for frontline health providers.

Social inclusion was included as a core topic in Safe Motherhood Action Group (SMAG) training:

  • Community discussion group participants reflected on┬áthe women and girls who were most likely to need to help in order to achieve a safe pregnancy and delivery
  • Communities encouraged to consider the wide range of situations – in addition to poverty – that could leave women and girls in a vulnerable position or lead to their exclusion

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, Access to health services, Community volunteers, Community-based programmes and interventions, Universal health coverage, Gender-based violence, Maternal newborn child health, MNCH, social support, violence against women and girls, women's and girls' empowerment, community response, social inclusion, social and behavioural change communication, policy development, community monitoring systems, reaching every woman,