Saving Mothers Giving Life (SMGL)
Saving Mothers Giving Life (SMGL) was started by the Global Health Initiative (GHI) in October 2011 to reduce maternal mortality in 4 pilot districts in Zambia by 50 percent. The 4 pilot districts are: Nyimba, Lundazi, Mansa and Kalomo, where the CGHD is currently engaged in field activities and research.
Boston University (BU), through its affiliated Zambian partner, Zambia Center for Applied Health Research and Development (ZCAHRD), are currently working to implement with the Southern Province Medical Office (SPMO) a package of interventions and health facility enhancements in Kalomo District, Zambia that will improve the access and quality of maternal antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care services as well as the community demand for these services that will result in a measureable decrease in maternal mortality. The package of interventions are structured to address the “3 delays” known to be responsible for the majority of maternal mortality in resource-poor areas. We are implementing these activities at the community, facility and district level in an integrated fashion over an initial 12 month time period.
Key Maternal Health & Pregnancy Statistics for Kalomo District:
- 14,000 expected deliveries in 2011
- 95% 1st Ante Natal (AN) attendance
- 32% institutional deliveries
- 11% deliveries by skilled personnel
- 18% deliveries by trained personnel
Key Maternal Health & Pregnancy Facts for Kalomo District:
- There are 6 doctors in the district, 34 health centres and 2 hospitals; only 1 of which has an operating theatre and functions as a level 1 hospital.
- There are no ambulances or emergency vehicles.
- There is only approximately 50km of paved road.
- None of the facilities have functional 2 way radio systems.
- The majority of facilities lack the basic supplies needed to attend to a woman in labor, let alone supplies or equipment needed to attend to an emergency.
- At the initiation of the project, there were less than 10 trained Emergency Obstetrics and Neonatal Care (EmONC) providers in the district; all located at the 2 hospitals.
- Only 52% of the facilities have access to reliable electricity.
|Principal Investigator||Donald M. Thea|
|Boston University Co-Investigators||N/A|
|Dates of Activity||2012-2013|