Safe Maternity – Strong Community

Summary

Improving Reproductive Health Care Access via Education & Advocacy

The Safe Maternity – Strong Community Project aims to reduce maternal and infant mortalities in Bangladesh. The Project provides community health education in conjunction with teaching communities the skills to articulate and demand adequate maternal, pre- and post natal, and sexual & reproductive government healthcare services as mandated in the Constitution of Bangladesh.

Goals

  • Education
  • 5692 Adolescent girls motivated to become peer educators on Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights
  • 8314 Married Women trained to become Maternal Health Advocates
  • 500000 Mosque based women’s reproductive health campaign by Mullah’s reached
  • Health

Background

The sub-district Moheshkhali is part of the Cox’s Bazar district within the Chittagong Division, one of six Divisions in Bangladesh. The area is an island located within the Bay of Bengal and is highly impoverished which is exasperated by its remote location: its size is 362.18 square KM. The Moheshkhali Sub-district is comprised of four islands: Moheshkhali, Matarbari, Dhalghat, and Shonadhia. The Moheshkhali Sub-district has Eight Unions (sub-Sub-districts) and one Municipality. Moheshkhali, with a population of approximately 600,000, is highly vulnerable to flooding and climatologic instability. The islands are inhabited primarily by poor fisher-folk communities. The main island of Moheshkhali contains the Sub-district headquarters.

Initial situation

This Project is a three year extension of a pilot project funded by Cordaid that worked with adolescent girls, married women and key community persons. The project is currently in the second year of the three year extension.

Goals

The overall objective of the Project is to provide community based health education to the adolescent girls, married women and community gate keeps. PHREB will empower the community to audit maternal deaths, to monitor and provide feedback on the performance of the available health services and to lobby from the local and national government for the increased health care services.

Goals

  • Education
  • 5692 Adolescent girls motivated to become peer educators on Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights
  • 8314 Married Women trained to become Maternal Health Advocates
  • 500000 Mosque based women’s reproductive health campaign by Mullah’s reached
  • Health

Project plan

1. Educate hard to reach adolescent girls who are the most vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections, unwanted pregnancies, child marriage, exploitation and violence on both human and women’s rights. To turn these adolescent girls into Sexual and Reproductive Health Peer Educators.
2. Educate married women and new mothers about family planning, birth spacing, breast feeding, essential care and treatment during pregnancy, delivery & post-delivery.
3. Educate Traditional Birth Attendants about pre- and post-natal care, safe maternity, infant and young children’s feeding, nutrition and family planning. Create awareness among Traditional Birth Attendants to the benefits for the community to utilizing government healthcare services. Teach Traditional Birth Attendants how and when to contact the government healthcare providers when complications arise during pregnancy and delivery.
4. Improve government provided healthcare, including maternal healthcare services, by monitoring the current government healthcare facilities and lobbying local and national government healthcare officials for adequate and comprehensive healthcare services.
5. Involve local religious leaders in disseminating Safe Maternity and Safe Motherhood information to the community. Educate local religious leaders on the benefits for the community in using government healthcare services. Motivate local religious leaders to become advocates and community educators for using government healthcare services.

Sustainability

Sustainability is a main goal of the project. PHREB implements this project using a community based approach where local community alliances are involved in both the implementation and operation of the Project’s activities. It is through this community involvement in which the community will take ownership of the project and help guarantee its sustainability.

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