Community Actions to Improve Safe Motherhood in Charanchi, Katsina State, Nigeria under the Population and Reproductive Health Capacity Building Program

Photo by Farouk Jega

Traditional birth attendants gather around the Katsina State Coordinator, as she demonstrates one of the project’s key technologies—the non-pneumatic anti-shock garment. It is used to stabilize a woman in shock, while she waits emergency care.

Photo by Akintunde Akinyele

“We educate women on birth preparedness,” says Dr. Farouk Jega, Pathfinder’s Nigeria Representative,

Photo by Akintunde Akinyele

“to make sure they know the danger signs of pregnancy and have emergency plans in place, Like determining who will donate blood or who has agreed to take them to hospital.”

Photo by Akintunde Akinyele

This nurse is measuring vital signs of a woman wearing a non-pneumatic shock garment—one of the project’s innovative technologies used to stabilize a woman in shock from postpartum hemorrhage while she waits for blood or emergency surgery.

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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