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Saving Mothers, Giving Life : Maternal mortality. Phase 1 monitoring and evaluation report
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    Saving Mothers, Giving Life. ; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.) ; National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (U.S.). Division of Reproductive Health. ; ... More ▼
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    Summary of Findings -- Introduction -- Maternal Mortality in Uganda -- Maternal Mortality in Zambia -- Conclusions -- References -- Appendix A: Significance Level of Observed Changes in Maternal Mortality Ratios -- Appendix B: Methods Used to Calculate District-wide Maternal Mortality in Uganda -- Appendix C: Baseline Census and Maternal Mortality Estimates for Zambia.

    Saving Mothers, Giving Life (SMGL) is a 5-year initiative designed to aggressively reduce deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth through a comprehensive district-wide approach that strengthens maternal health services in high-mortality settings. Women’s risk of dying from pregnancy-related complications can be drastically and quickly reduced if

    • Women have good access to and utilize health services.

    • An effective emergency referral system is in place.

    • High-quality emergency obstetric services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    The interventions implemented during Phase 1 of the SMGL initiative addressed gaps in these areas in both Uganda and Zambia, with a focus on the critical period of labor, delivery, and the first 48 hours postpartum. The first year of the SMGL initiative resulted in dramatic reductions in maternal deaths and in improved maternal and perinatal health outcomes.

    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: Maternal Mortality. Phase 1 Monitoring and Evaluation Report. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Dept of Health and Human Services; 2014.

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