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Saving Mothers, Giving Life : Monitoring and evaluation overview, Phase 1 report
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    List of Acronyms Introduction -- Monitoring and Evaluation for SMGL Principles of SMGL M&E -- SMGL Phase 1 Monitoring and Evaluation Framework -- SMGL M&E Measurement Approaches -- SMGL Phase 1 Topic-Specific Reports -- Data Limitations -- Achievements of Phase 1 M&E Systems Strengthening Approach -- Lessons Learned from SMGL Phase 1 M&E and Recommendations for Phase 2 -- Appendix: SMGL Phase 1 Reporting Indicators.

    Saving Mothers, Giving Life (SMGL) is a 5-year initiative designed to rapidly reduce deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth by implementing multiple evidence-based interventions in high-mortality settings. The initiative was launched by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2012 as a public-private partnership to prevent maternal and newborn deaths as part of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and to support achievement of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

    The SMGL partnership aspired to reduce maternal mortality by 50% in targeted districts of Uganda and Zambia. To achieve this goal, SMGL interventions focused on the critical period of labor, delivery, and 48 hours postpartum, when most maternal deaths and about half of newborn deaths occur.

    SMGL strived to improve access to, demand for, and the quality of Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (EmONC).

    It also sought to strengthen links to other essential services for women and children, including HIV prevention, care, and treatment and family planning. SMGL began in eight districts, four each in Uganda and Zambia.

    Phase 1 (the pilot phase) activities took place from June 2012 through May 2013. SMGL Country Teams, with multiple implementing partner organizations, conducted routine monitoring during the first year of the project, and performed baseline and endline assessments before and after Phase 1. The first year of SMGL was designed to provide “proof of concept” that the package of interventions was effective in achieving better health outcomes for women and their babies.

    This report was prepared by staff of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the US Government, located both at CDC headquarters and in the Uganda and Zambia CDC country offices.

    Thousands of individuals participated in activities to monitor and evaluate Phase 1 of the Saving Mothers, Giving Life (SMGL) initiative, including: staff affiliated with country SMGL teams and implementing organizations; district and national-level Ministry of Health officials; village health teams and community health workers; headquarters representatives of all US Government agencies involved; the Government of Norway; and private-sector SMGL partners.

    Suggested citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Saving Mothers, Giving Life: Monitoring and Evaluation Overview, Phase 1 Report. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Dept of Health and Human Services; 2014.

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