Maternal Health

Pregnancy and childbirth are leading causes of death and disability among women of reproductive age in developing countries like Bangladesh. The high rate of maternal mortality and morbidity is a direct result of the lack of proper access to maternal healthcare. When women of reproductive age receive timely and efficient maternal healthcare and family planning services, proper family planning, safe pregnancy and childbirth and healthy lives of both the mother and the child is ensured. It is also more likely for them to seek care in the future, resulting in sustained impact.

Although there has been a major improvement in this area in Bangladesh over the past years, the targeted Millennium Development Goal 5 (MDG 5) of reducing maternal mortality ratio to 143 per 100,000 live births is still to be met. As a result, MaMoni MNCSP is working to strengthen the existing maternal healthcare system by developing national level strategy plans to reduce the Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) and implement a Basic Maternal Care Package with specific focus on the quality of services.

Jhpiego is providing technical leadership to the consortiums’ maternal health strategic direction to introduce innovative approaches in improving the quality of maternal and newborn care (MNC) in Bangladesh’s public sector. The maternal health intervention areas include:

  • Building a skilled workforce to provide 24/7 maternal care services,
  • Ensuring continuum of care,
  • Increased number of antenatal and postnatal care patients,
  • Improving public sector facilities for quality patient service, and
  • Promoting delivery by skilled birth attendants and delivery in health facilities

USAID’s MaMoni MNCSP is also helping to integrate Quality of Care in these maternal health interventions. A National Action Plan for maternal health strategy is underway, and a Basic Maternal Care Package is spearheaded by the project for implementation, focusing on a continuum of care at different levels. The package encompasses all levels of facility-led services from union to national level. It also emphasizes strengthening the role of skilled birth attendants, administers Post-Partum Family Planning (PPFP) services, and incorporates health innovations in emergency care.