Community Actions to Improve Safe Motherhood in Charanchi, Katsina State, Nigeria under the Population and Reproductive Health Capacity Building Program
Building off of the MacArthur-funded Addressing Postpartum Hemorrhage (PPH) Project, this project was piloted in Charanchi, a community in the north western state of Katsina. The project provided capacity building support for two local community-based organizations, including training and supporting the roll out of Pathways to Change. This will ultimately help mobilize their communities to identify barriers to use of quality maternal health services.
Replicating the model from Pathfinder's COMPASS project, a community-based quality improvement team was formed to address quality of care issues at the comprehensive health center and surrounding primary health centers. The project was implemented in partnership with two community-based organizations and a local development group, which reached nearly 2,000 community members with maternal and child health messages in the past two quarters. Pathfinder expects a better community response to emergency obstetric care and other reproductive health issues and improved uptake of quality maternal care at the facility level. Lessons learned from this pilot project will inform community interventions within the postpartum hemorrhage project and beyond.
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Funded by the MacArthur Foundation, this project worked to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with postpartum hemorrhage in India and Nigeria.
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