USAID/Zambia Health Office - Safe Motherhood 360+

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A mother and son attend a USAID handover ceremony in Kabwe.
The USAID Safe Motherhood 360+ activity works to strengthen health systems to reduce maternal and newborn illnesses and deaths in Zambia.
Photo: USAID/Zambia Taylor Yess

In 2019, Zambian President Edgar Lungu declared maternal and prenatal deaths to be a national public health emergency. Since 2015, the Safe Motherhood 360+ program has worked with the Zambian government’s Ministry of Health to support high-impact programs that help reduce maternal and newborn illnesses and deaths.

USAID Safe Motherhood 360+ focuses on the 48-hour period around labor and delivery, addressing the “three delays” associated with maternal deaths: delays in seeking, reaching, and receiving care. Ensuring women have access to high-quality antenatal and postnatal care is critical for keeping mothers and their newborns healthy.  The activity works to strengthen the availability of health services for women of reproductive age, increase the number of births at health care facilities, and improve the overall quality of care for mothers and their newborns.

Operating across 16 districts in five provinces, Safe Motherhood 360+ works at the national, facility and community levels, focusing on women and their children who are least likely or able to access care. 

USAID Safe Motherhood 360+ activities include:

  • Strengthening health systems through training of health-care providers, facilitating access to better health care equipment, commodity and infrastructure support, and strengthening the referral system;
  • Improving the availability of and access to quality care, especially for rural communities and women in hard-to-reach areas;
  • Generating community awareness and demand for maternal and newborn health care services;
  • Bolstering monitoring and evaluation systems and data use to help leadership make more informed decisions that result in more effective and locally sustained health care; and,
  • Supporting local and national guidelines and training materials for health care providers and community health care workers that enable a positive environment for maternal, newborn, and child health care.
  • Life of Project: December 2015 - December 2020
  • Location: Central, Eastern, Luapula, Lusaka, and Southern Provinces
  • Partners: Churches Health Association of Zambia (CHAZ)
  • Chief of Party: Christopher Ng’andwe
  • USAID Investment (Life of Project): $15.9 million


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