Increasing demand and uptake of quality, facility-based services, Zimbabwe

Birthing camps, Manicaland, Zimbabwe.

The project directly assists in the saving of women and children’s lives in Manicaland Province, Zimbabwe, designed to contribute to a reduction in maternal and neonatal deaths through focusing on increasing demand and uptake of quality, facility-based maternal and child health services.

To achieve these objectives, we adopted a strategy that addressed the reasons for low facility based deliveries and simultaneously increases the capacity of rural health centre staff to provide safe deliveries and referrals. This strategy is being implemented through community engagement, capacity-building workshops and through the development of the rural health centre infrastructure.

Timely identification and appropriate intervention for high-risk mothers is critical to prevent large numbers of mothers dying and to improve neonatal outcomes and survival. Currently less than 30 percent of women and their babies receive immediate postnatal care, with the majority of mothers sent home immediately after delivery or delivering at home.

The project is addressing these issues by providing training to health centres, sensitisation of traditional birth attendants, and construction and refurbishment of maternal waiting homes at clinics.

Community leaders, women and men are engaged to improve knowledge, increase demand for facility-based care and generate community support for pregnant women and children.


International Rescue Committee (IRC)


Peter Falvey Foundation managed by Perpetual

Contact Details

For any general enquiries relating to this project, please contact:

Mary-Ann Nicholas

Head, Project Management Office