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.