Successful maternal health partnership seeking scale

Monday, January 13, 2014

A year after former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched “Saving Mothers, Giving Life,” U.S. and African health leaders believe the inter-agency public-private partnership has proven that surgical and other interventions once thought to be too difficult and expensive can dramatically reduce maternal and infant death in high-mortality settings.

Nearly a third fewer mothers died and the percentage of births occurring at health facilities rose drastically in eight “proof-of-concept” districts in Zambia and Uganda, according to a Centers for Disease Control evaluation of the five-year initiative.

The partnership draws on the CDC’s data-gathering and analysis expertise to ground its programs in substantial quantitative evidence. “There is, perhaps, no better model for us,” U.S. Agency for International DevelopmentAdministrator Rajiv Shah said on Thursday.

Source: Devex (link opens in a new window)

Health Care
public-private partnerships, reproductive health, scale