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Over the course of her life, a woman in Zambia faces a 1 in 79 chance of dying during pregnancy and childbirth.

Our Focus in Zambia

In Zambia, many women live miles from the closest health facility with few, if any, affordable and safe transportation options, making it difficult for them to receive the quality, timely care they need during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum. The Maternity Waiting Homes Alliance aims to overcome this distance challenge by building and strengthening maternity waiting homes — residences near health facilities where pregnant women can stay until they go into labor and immediately after childbirth. The goal is to make these homes sustainable by empowering local communities to both effectively manage them and generate income to support their operations through creative entrepreneurial activities, therefore ensuring the homes and the services they provide are available for the long term.

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Our Partners and Projects

As a result of successful early investments, we are joining with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The ELMA Philanthropies to support two partners to help women overcome distance challenges by developing community-managed, entrepreneurial maternity homes, and evaluating whether they are an effective solution to help women receive timely, quality care.

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