Despite being one of Africa's most peaceful and politically stable countries, and making significant progress on maternal, newborn, and child health over the past ten years in adopting related Millennium Development Goals, Zambia has some of the world's highest maternal, neonatal, and child mortality rates. In particular, the rural Limluluga district has some of the highest maternal mortality rates in the country, high poverty levels, a lack of health facilities and qualified workers, high incidences of HIV, AIDS, and malaria and a host of other issues that contribute to these mortalty rates.
The goal of the project is to contribute towards the reduction of maternal, neonatal, and child mortality rates in Zambia, with particular focus on the rural Limulunga district, located in the Western province. The project centres on strengthening community participation in maternal, newborn and child health services, improving community knowledge of safe motherhood, and scaling-up the use of available reproductive health facilities and services by communities.
Women of child-bearing ages, including adolescents, and newborns are direct beneficiaries of the project, while health workers, community leaders, and males will all benefit from the various educational opportunities presented.
The Netherlands Red Cross
Disaster prevention and preparedness
Disaster Management Phase
Prevention and mitigation