Foundation Projects

Integrated Maternal and Child Healthcare Delivery and Training for Community Health Teams

Access Health International

In the Philippines, despite focused efforts to improve Maternal and Child Health (MCH), the Maternal Mortality Rate (MRR) rose by 35 percent from 162 out of 100,000 live births in 2009 to 211 in 2011.

The project seeks to contribute to the reduction of maternal mortality rate and improvement of maternal and child health conditions of Filipinos through improved education of Community Health Teams (CHTs) using mHealth technologies. Specifically, the project aims to improve MCH indicators and increase the knowledge and skills of the CHTs in Gawad Kalinga communities to address maternal and child health risks.

The expected results of the project are:

  1. Improved knowledge and skills among health workers to identify and mitigate the risks for maternal mortality;
  2. Increased awareness in the general population of health risks and availability of healthcare services;
  3. Availability and use of comprehensive training materials and courses that would be scale-up to the rest of Gawad Kalinga communities as well as other NGOs providing care to mothers and children throughout the Philippines.

The project will measure improvements in health outcomes between pre and post intervention within the selected Gawad Kalinga communities.