December 20, 2012 – Merck for Mothers has issued a Request for Proposals for formative and implementation research to develop program models for maternity waiting homes that respond to community needs and are likely to be financially sustainable.
Maternity waiting homes (MWHs) have been established in numerous contexts around the world as a strategy to increase access to facility-based deliveries for women living in remote areas or those who lack adequate transportation options. They are typically residential facilities located near emergency obstetric care facilities where women, often with high-risk pregnancies, can await their delivery in close proximity to care. Though there is a paucity of robust data supporting the impact of maternity waiting homes on maternal health outcomes, experience indicates that they have potential to improve access to critical obstetric care.
All types of organizations are welcome to apply and Merck encourages collaborations between partners with the complementary expertise/experience that may be required to design and implement the program, including, for example, maternal health, microentrepreneurship/women's economic empowerment, community mobilization, and implementation research.
The deadline for proposal submission is January 31, 2013. Interested organizations may obtain the full Request for Proposals from here.