Scaling up the community-based response to improve maternal and newborn health outcomes. MAMaZ

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

The UK aid funded Mobilising Access to Maternal Health Services in Zambia (MAMaZ) programme tested a series of demand-side interventions that would increase access to maternal and newborn health services. These were developed with future scale-up in mind. To facilitate scale-up in the districts, the programme placed significant emphasis on helping District Health Management Teams to institutionlise the programme, ensuring that the community engagement activities were embedded into the everyday business of the districts. District Health Management Teams were also encouraged to scale up geographically. This was enabled by leveraging funds from district health budgets and additional funding from development partners. The technical brief looks at gaps in the scaling up process, lessons learned and implications for policy makers.



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Tags: Zambia, Community-led systems, MAMaZ, Scaling up, Newborn health, Maternal health, Community engagement, Community mobilisation, Quality improvement, Emergency Transport Scheme, Health systems, Health systems strengthening,