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Saving Mothers Giving Life (SMGL)

  • East and Southern Africa Regional Office
  • Zambia
2011 - 2014

The Global Partnership for Saving Mothers’ Lives (SML) is a new endeavor formulated in 2011 to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality. The pilot project in Zambia called Saving Mothers Giving Life (SMGL) focuses on four districts: Kalomo, Lundazi, Mansa and Nyimba. The intervention aims to strengthen emergency and basic obstetric care skills, increase the proportion of births attended by skilled birth attendants, refurbish and supply maternity facilities and mothers-waiting shelters, mobilize communities and improve access to emergency transportation services. SMGL is coordinated by the Zambia Ministry of Health with the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Peace Corps. FHI 360 is working in one of the districts, Mansa, as part of the SMGL initiative, leveraging funding from the ZPCT II project. ZPCT II’s role in SMGL includes refurbishing maternity facilities, including mothers waiting shelters in 12 of the health facilities in Mansa, procurement of motor-vehicle ambulances and motorcycle ambulances, and sensitization of communities through community volunteers on maternal health issues.

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