Maternity Waiting Homes in Ethiopia

We are currently collaborating with partners in Ethiopia to shed light on maternity waiting homes. Maternity waiting homes, an initiative driven by the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health, ensure that women who live great distances from health centres can stay near the health facility in advance of their due date so that they may have a skilled birth attendant for their delivery. We are planning the production and subsequent screening of a new film about maternity waiting homes to local health providers and community members using our solar powered media players. We believe this project will increase awareness about maternity waiting homes and therefore improve the likelihood that Ethiopian women will access skilled institutional deliveries, thus improving maternal and child health outcomes.

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Nancy Durell Mckenna