We are excited to announce the receipt of a $100,000 CAD Stars in Global Health Award to expand our Health Navigation model, funded by Grand Challenges Canada! This 18-month project will strengthen the emergency referral system for mothers and newborns on the remote island of Mfangano by establishing a durable pathway for healthy pregnancies, safe deliveries, and effective referrals. Beginning in April, this project will support community education for mothers, male partners and traditional birth attendants and will help us train 30 Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) to serve as “Health Navigators” during critical emergencies. Over the course of this project, we seek to improve maternal and newborn health, demonstrated by:
- Increase in number of pregnancies with at least 4 ANC visits from 27% at baseline to 70%
- Increase in skilled birth attendance from 36% at baseline to 70%
- Improved access to emergency obstetric care, indicated by an average time of 120 minutes to reach care from the time symptoms present
- 70% births having a follow-up visit within 3 days
- Qualitative decrease in patient’s financial concerns caused by obstetric emergencies
We are thankful for all of you who supported the pilot phase of this project, such as our Rotarian partners in Colorado and the Roaring Fork Valley community, and look forward to the next 18-months of community implementation!
To learn more about Grand Challenges Canada and the Stars in Global Health Program, click here.