Pregnancy and childbirth are the leading causes of death and disability among women of reproductive age in developing countries. Roughly 800 women die every day from preventable pregnancy-related complications because they lack access to inexpensive, lifesaving services and practices. Mothers who have healthy and well-spaced pregnancies are more likely to give birth to healthy babies. The USAID’s MaMoni HSS project addresses the reproductive health needs of women throughout the lifecycle to help ensure healthy, planned pregnancies and access to quality services in a safe and supportive environment.Key MaMoni HSS maternal health activities include:

Skilled Birth Attendance - We strengthen access to and utilization of Skilled BirthAttendant (SBA) services, upgrade strategically located Union Health and Family Welfare Centers (UH&FWC) to provide round-the-clock services for women, and deploy private Community Skilled Birth Attendants (pCSBAs) in remote areas where facility-based care is unavailable.

Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (CEmONC) - Improving the availability and quality of care at CEmONC facilities at designated upazila and district level facilitiesthrough improvedquality standards, as well as advocacy efforts with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to deploy critical human resources, build staffcapacity in quality improvement, ensure logistics and supplies, and improve recording and reporting systems.

Improved management of maternal complications  especially pre-eclampsia/eclampsia (PE/E) at peripheral and referral facilities. Following the guidelines endorsed by the National Technical Committee, MaMoni HSS supports the roll-out of loading dose administration of magnesium sulphate (MgSO4) for management of PE/E at union level facilities; strengthening referrals and management of PE/E at district and upazila level facilities; and procurement/supply of digital blood pressure cuffs as a more accurate screening tool for PE/E at selected sites.

Strengthened monitoring for use of Misoprostol to prevent post-partum hemorrhage - Routine review of data and assessment surveys to analyze coverage, identify bottlenecks to improved coverage, and develop recommendations nationwide.

 

For more information, please read Maternal Health Factsheet