A Model for Quality Maternal and Newborn Programs
Amref Health Africa, PharmAccess Foundation and the M-PESA Foundation are
committed to achieving lasting health change in Africa. This vision is closely aligned
to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 3 – to ensure healthy lives and
promote well-being for all at all ages. Essential to achieving SDG 3 is continuing the
great progress made thus far in maternal and child health indicators. Globally,
the maternal mortality ratio has declined by 37% since 2000, and over the period
2012 to 2017, almost 80% of live births worldwide occurred with the assistance
of skilled health personnel, up from 62% in the 2000 to 2005 period.
Six years later, we reflect on the program’s progress and comprehensively
define the model that was successful in improving MNH indicators in Samburu
County – an arid pastoralist region chosen as the primary location for Uzazi
Salama because of its lagging health indicators and priority standing according
to the Kenyan Ministry of Health. To-date, Uzazi Salama has made significant
improvements in MNH indicators in Samburu against its initial targets, but there
remains work to be done.
The remainder of this report details the specific activities carried out by the
project partners, the results of those activities, and areas for improvement
in future replications. We put forth this discussion to inspire health sector
actors to leverage Uzazi Salama as a model to improve existing MNH
programs based on our learnings; and/or inspire these actors to work with
us to replicate and scale Uzazi Salama to improve
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