Engaging Communities and Health Workers in Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, and Neonatal Health / Envolvendo as Comunidades e os Trabalhadores de Saúde na Melhoria da Saúde Sexual, Reprodutiva, Materna, e Neonatal

Reporting Organization:University of Saskatchewan
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 16,600,000
Timeframe: January 4, 2017 - January 31, 2022
Status: Implementation
Contact Information: Nazeem Muhajarine
[email protected]

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

University of Saskatchewan

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Mozambique - $ 16,600,000.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Reproductive Health & Rights incl. Maternal Health (80 %)

Sexual Health & Rights (20 %)

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This project aims to improve sexual, reproductive, maternal and newborn health (SRMNH) for women, adolescent girls and newborns in the five most populous districts of Inhambane Province, Mozambique. This is achieved by increasing community support and access to sexual, reproductive, maternal and newborn health care; training health workers; improving the capacity of health institutions; and promoting gender-responsive and evidence-based approaches for planning of cost-effective interventions. Project activities include: (1) mobilizing local leaders and community members in 20 communities on women’s empowerment and SRMNH; (2) creating and supporting networks of trained community-based health practitioners with links to health facilities; (3) designing and delivering an in-hospital initial and continuing education program; (4) strengthening the management of training institutions and training new health practitioners; (5) building or rehabilitating and equipping clinics for maternal and reproductive health; and (6) disseminating gender-responsive information and research on SRMNH. Community members in Inhambane Province, mainly women and adolescent girls of child-bearing age (165,000) and newborns (23,000), are expected to benefit from increased use of higher quality health services.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Adult men Adolescent females Adolescent males Newborns
Descriptors: Rural
Total Direct Population: Unspecified
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Ongoing management training sessions and tools built
SRMNH educational sessions held in the communities
SRMNH-relevant information products disseminated
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The expected outcomes are: 1) Increased utilization of sexual, reproductive, maternal, and neonatal health (SRMNH) services by women, adolescent girls, and newborns in 20 targeted communities in Inhambane Province; 2) Strengthened and gender-sensitive management, training, and delivery of quality SRMNH care by managers and practitioners in the Inhambane Directorate of Health (DPSI) and 5 targeted districts; and 3) Increased availability and consideration of research-based gender-responsive information to support planning of cost-effective SRMNH interventions by health system planners in MOH, DPSI and 5 targeted districts.

Achieved Results

Results achieved as of March 2019 include: (1) health committees were established in all 20 targeted communities, with 51% of top leadership positions being held by women; (2) training on sexual, reproductive, maternal and newborn health (SRMNH), including safe abortion and post-abortion care, was delivered to 361 healthcare providers and managers; and (3) three ambulances were procured and strategically located to provide emergency services to women and girls in key districts with the greatest challenges and distance to a healthcare facility.


SDG Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • SDG 3.1.1 Maternal mortality ratio
  • SDG 3.1.2 Proportion of births attended by skilled health personnel
  • SDG 3.2.2 Neonatal mortality rate
  • SDG 3.7.1 Proportion of women of reproductive age (aged 15–49 years) who have their need for family planning satisfied with modern methods
  • SDG 3.c.1 Health worker density and distribution
SRHR-related Indicators
  • # of advocacy and public engagement activities completed which are focused on SRHR
  • # of health care service providers trained in SRHR services
  • # of health professionals trained to provide safe abortion and post-abortion care
  • # of women and girls (age) provided with access to sexual and reproductive health services, including modern methods of contraception
MNCH-related indicators
  • # of health facilities that provide gender-responsive family-planning services
  • %/total of health workers (male/female) trained and using their learned skills
  • %/total of mothers, and %/total of babies, who received postnatal care within two days of childbirth
  • Women’s groups/CSOs participating in the development of strategies and/or projects
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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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