Phase 2 Zambia Kick-Off Meeting — May 2014

Phase 2 Zambia Kick-Off Meeting — May 2014

Implementing partners showcase their contributions to SMGL at the “Project Innovations Fair” during the Saving Mothers, Giving Life Phase Two Kick-Off Meeting in Lusaka, Zambia in May 2014.

Executive Summary

Over 80 representatives of the Saving Mothers, Giving Life (SMGL) global and country level partnership met in Zambia from May 5-8, 2014 to launch the second phase of the initiative. The objectives of the meeting included:

  • Identify the key lessons learned from Phase 1 that will inform Phase 2 implementation.
  • Develop shared vision of how Phase 2 efforts, in both the learning and new districts, will be undertaken, including clarification of roles and responsibilities of the SMGL partners, country teams and implementing partners.
  • Ensure a clear understanding among all partners of the SMGL indicators, data sources, data collection processes and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) reporting flows.
  • Develop a clear understanding among all partners in financial reporting system and update on budget timelines and parameters.

Dr. Robert Clay, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) with Dr. Susan Brems, Mission Director, USAID Zambia at the Saving Mothers, Giving Life Phase Two Kick-Off Meeting in Lusaka, Zambia in May 2014.

The meeting was opened by Dr. Susan Brems, Mission Director, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Zambia; Dr. Larry Marum, Country Director, Centers for Disease Controls (CDC)/Zambia, and Mr. Robert Clay, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Global Health, USAID/Washington. The United States Government delegation included members of the USAID, CDC, Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, Department of Defense, and Peace Corps from Zambia, Uganda and the United States as well as their implementing partners. SMGL private sector partners included representatives from Merck for Mothers, Project Cure and Every Mother Counts. Zambia officials from the district, provincial, and national levels of the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health (MCDMCH) also participated. The meeting was closed by United States Chargé d’Affaires, David Young and Dr. Caroline Phiri, Director of Mother Child Health, MCDMCH.

Members of a Safe Motherhood Action Group (SMAG’s) meet with SMGL’s implementing partners during a site visit to health center in the Nyimba District of Zambia.

The meeting was organized around each country experiences in addressing the “3 delays” — deciding to seek care, getting to services, and quality of care — examining what worked, lessons learned and challenges. Some key topics included: community mobilization, maternal and perinatal death audits, use of BABIES matrix, using vouchers in the private sector, results based financing, training/mentoring and human resources for health. These presentations were led by key Ugandan and Zambian USG country and implementing partner staff as well as representatives from the MOH and MCDMCH.

A “Project Innovations Fair” was held to allow the implementing partners to showcase their unique contributions to SMGL programming. Exhbits included behavior-change communication materials, mama packs, and a NeoNatalie newborn simulation training as well as posters on syphilis screening, blood transfusion, and mentorship.

In order to ensure that all partners had clear expectations moving into Phase 2, Uganda and Zambia USG representatives shared their Phase 2 scale-up plans. In additional, all implementers participated in working group sessions that outlined the SMGL M&E framework, core indicators and data collection and analysis approaches as well as expectations for financial monitoring and reporting.

Phase 1 Learnings & Phase 2 Scale Up

MDGi Project


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Top Level Findings


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Scale Up: Uganda


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Scale Up: Zambia


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Delay 1: Seeking Care

Demand Creation in Communities


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Mobilizing Safe Motherhood Action Groups (SMAGs)


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Mobilizing Village Health Teams (VHTs)


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Maternal Health Services Through Vouchers


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Delay 2: Accessing Care

Emergency Transportation Communication Systems


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Maternity Waiting Shelters to Improve Access to Services in Zambia


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Transport and Communications To Improve Access to Obstetric Care


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Review of Global Innovations to Address Post-Partum Hemorrhage (PPH)


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Private Sector Service Delivery in Uganda


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Private Sector Service Delivery in Uganda


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Results Based Financing


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Delay 3: Quality of Care

Ensuring Adequate Human Resources for Health in Uganda


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Maternal Perinatal Death Reviews


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Quality of Care Mentoring in Zambia


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Lessons Learned from Training (EmONC and HBB)


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BABIES for Surveillance and Quality Improvement


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Maternal and Perinatal Death Review in SMGL Districts in Uganda


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Saving Newborn Babies


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Zambia Defence Force SMGL Presentation


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Posters

Addressing Maternal Mortality Using GIS for Evaluating Access to EmOC in the SMGL Project in 4 Districts of Western Uganda


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Engaging the Private Sector to Increase Utilization of ANC/CEmONC and FP Services


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Applying mHealth to Maternal Health Care Delivery in Kalomo District, Zambia


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