Maternal and Child Health

  • This project seeks to protect the health of pregnant mothers
  • Women are encouraged to breastfeed for the health of their babies
  • E-ranger ambulances donated by ADRA UK to ferry pregnant mothers to the hospital


Gokwe North, Midlands Province


In rural areas of Zimbabwe, maternal mortality is still a challenge high. Few, ill equipped health care facilities combined with the limited awareness of the benefits of maternal health services are the leading causes for high numbers of women and children dying during childbirth. 


This project entitled "Improved maternal health care services for women of childbearing age in Gokwe North, Zimbabwe" is implemented with funding provided by the Department for International Development (DFID) and ADRA-UK. The 36-month project implemented by ADRA Zimbabwe will improve maternal health care services for 7,500 women (including mothers, pregnant women and girls of reproductive age) in 3 wards of Gokwe North District.


ADRA will improve safe delivery and basic essential obstetric care facilities in 4 partner clinics, improve the quality of maternal health care services at the clinics and increase the awareness of maternal health services for women. The project will also increase knowledge of health risks and work to address health-seeking behaviours with both men and women in the communities.
Main activities include the construction and equipping of waiting mothers shelters and upgrading of basic amenities at the four clinics (solar energy; improved water and sanitation facilities) and the establishment of an emergency ambulance service to respond to pre and post maternal emergencies and transport patients on referral.
In addition, ADRA will also improve the capacity of staff at the clinics and provide general health awareness training for women and girls. To disseminate maternal and health related information, ADRA will setup various health education clubs within the communities and at local schools, including a men’s forums. Topics such as maternal health, HIV/AIDS, nutrition and reproductive health will be discussed. 


Funding is provided by the British Government’s Department for International Development and ADRA-UK


The project started on the 1st of November 2013 and will last 36 months