As we reflect on lessons learned from the MDGs and set strategies for improving global maternal health, it’s time to identify what has worked and what more is needed to not only avert preventable maternal deaths, but also provide quality health care for every woman.
For Pinda Primary School, one of the clubs in Mchinji district, the maternal and child health messages has been taken to a new level. One of the strategies at the school’s club in 2014 was to reach out to those girls who dropped out of school due to pregnancy; bring them back and turn them into MamaYe Advocates.
Making All Voices Count runs a rolling grant programme, funding innovative projects that bring together citizens, government, the private sector, tech actors and civil society to find new solutions to governance challenges in Bangladesh, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.
The 43rd Performance Based Financing Course in Sierra Leone: “Somebody who works more, is rewarded more”
This blog is written by MamaYe's Advocacy Advisor, Sowo Lebbie. She reports on the perfomance based financing (PBF) course she recently attended in Bo City, and discusses the opportunities of the PBF model for post-Ebola recovery in Sierra Leone.
Cultural issues can often influence women’s use of maternity care services. It is important to recognise any differences in cultures between service users and service providers if the use of skilled maternity care services is to improve. Our recent research shows that many different interventions have been tried.
The people of Chidelezi community in the Traditional Authority Kawamba, Kasungu led by the safe motherhood taskforce volunteers have defied all odds by constructing a simple village clinic which will greatly help the communities by handling basic minor illnesses and antenatal services.
Who is accountable for the young woman dying during childbirth in a rural hospital in Edingeni, Mzimba? For the woman in a health center in Mayani in Dedza? For the young mother in a rural home in Malombe in Mangochi? A girl child raped while coming from school, elsewhere in Chididi, Nsanje? Who is accountable for the women and adolescent girls in a thousand places elsewhere in Malawi?
In their roles as fathers, partners or healthcare workers, men influence not only their own health but also women’s reproductive health. Men tend to be the decision-makers within families and often take the lead in issues regarding the allocation of money, transport, women’s workload and access to health services, family planning and use of contraceptives
Emergencies like Ebola demand that everyone plays their part. But sometimes, people don’t know what they can do or have access to the information they need. How can we help women regain trust in their local facilities?