Mothers and babies
PATH and our partners helped improve maternal and newborn health by delivering solutions to support healthy pregnancies, safe deliveries, and improved care for newborns. Three of our 2011 milestones are featured below.
Mobilizing communities to protect mothers and babies
Innovation: PATH’s Sure Start Project worked in rural communities and urban settlements in India’s two most populous states—Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh—to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies. We worked with 95 partner organizations to mobilize communities and their leaders, improve access to skilled birth attendants, and strengthen links between communities, health care providers, and systems.
Impact: We trained more than 7,700 community health workers on strategies to make pregnancy, labor, and delivery safer and to improve newborn health. Sure Start established thousands of village-level mothers’ groups to build awareness of maternal and newborn health issues. In all, our work reached an estimated 24.5 million people during the seven-year project.
Protecting mothers at delivery
By advancing the use of oxytocin to prevent postpartum hemorrhage, PATH helped pave the way for six countries to introduce or register oxytocin for use in the PATH-developed Uniject™ injection system, allowing health workers to deliver this lifesaving drug outside of hospitals.
Reducing neonatal mortality
Through our work on the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program, PATH led a regional alliance promoting newborn health across Latin America and the Caribbean. The alliance supported the development of national plans for reducing neonatal mortality.