Midwives Save Lives

Reporting Organization:Cuso International
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 11,072,607
Timeframe: April 1, 2016 - April 1, 2020
Status: Implementation
Contact Information: Moya Crangle
[email protected]

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

Cuso International

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Ethiopia - $ 3,986,138.52 (36.00%)

Tanzania, United Republic of - $ 2,878,877.82 (26.00%)

Congo (DRC) - $ 2,325,247.47 (21.00%)

Benin - $ 1,882,343.19 (17.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Reproductive Health & Rights incl. Maternal Health (40 %)

Health Promotion & Education (20 %)

Health Systems, Training & Infrastructure (20 %)

Newborn & Child Health (20 %)

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The MSL project will contribute to the reduction of maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity rates, through the strengthening of the availability, access, acceptability and quality of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health services delivered through midwives in four target countries. The project will increase the skills and competencies of pre and in-services midwifes, strengthen health services to work better with and for midwives, address low levels of RMNCH services at the community level and strengthen the capacity of midwifery associations to improve the quality and coverage of midwifery care. Central to this project is the right of all women to be treated with dignity and respect.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Adolescent females Adolescent males Newborns
Descriptors: Urban Rural
Total Direct Population: 2,702
Total Indirect Population: 3,298,075
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1095 Health care providers trained
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved delivery of environmentally-sound and gender-responsive quality respectful health services for women of reproductive age, mothers, pregnant women and newborns in target regions; (2) improved utilization of quality gender-responsive and environmentally-sound health services by empowered women of reproductive age, mothers, pregnant women and newborns in target regions; and (3) strengthened influence and accountability of midwives, and recognition of midwifery as a cost-effective, high-quality path to improved reproductive, maternal and newborn health and rights in target countries.

health care providers trained: 1511
community members sensitized: 4133
meetings/forums and documents produced: 52

Achieved Results

Results achieved as of September 2017 include: (1) 232 in-service midwives have received training in clinical skills updates and respectful care; (2) 237 health care professionals have received training on referral and counter-referral protocols; (3) 112 men and boys in project communities have been reached with awareness raising on gender inequality and harmful traditional practices. These results are contributing to improved delivery of essential health services and improved utilization of health services by women and children.

health care providers trained: 1095
community members sensitized: 3818
meetings/forums and documents produced: 29


SDG Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • SDG 5.3.1 Proportion of women aged 20–24 years who were married or in a union before age 15 and before age 18
MNCH-related indicators
  • %/total of mothers, and %/total of babies, who received postnatal care within two days of childbirth
  • %/total of women attended at least four times during pregnancy by any provider for reasons related to the pregnancy
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
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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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