“THE MOMENT I DELIVER A NEWBORN TO A HEALTHY, JOYFUL MOTHER, I KNOW I AM WHERE I BELONG.”

Most efforts to reduce maternal mortality focus on strengthening public health facilities. However, in many parts of the developing world, a surprisingly large proportion of women seek maternal health services from private health providers.

Forty percent of women in low- and middle-income countries receive maternal healthcare and family planning services from private providers.

Why do women seek private care?

Women across all income levels seek care from private providers for several reasons: proximity to home, flexible hours, perceived quality, a sense of personalized care and sensitivity to local needs and customs. However, private healthcare can be unregulated, considered expensive and of variable quality.

How do we support private providers?

In Uganda, we launched MSD for Ugandan Mothers (MUM) with Population Services International and its local affiliate, PACE. MUM introduced high quality maternal health services into a longstanding franchise network of private providers, ProFam, and worked with local drug shops, transportation providers, and other businesses to address non-clinical factors that also contribute to maternal mortality.

MUM’s comprehensive approach was designed to help women overcome all “three delays” that lead to preventable deaths: delay in the decision to seek care, delay in getting to care and delay in receiving appropriate care.

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Health Workers Trained

Facilities Strengthened

Women Received Expanded Access to Quality Healthcare in 42 Districts

SPOTLIGHT ON “MAMA ANGEL”

“Since childhood I wanted to save mothers’ lives, and I realized I could do that as a midwife.”

Affectionately called “Mama Angel” in her community, Lorna joined MUM and received training on obstetric emergencies, family planning, and business management, enabling her to expand her business. Today, Lorna is a role model in her family and community, helping up to 300 mothers each month enjoy healthy, safe pregnancies.

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