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Mobilizing the community against maternal death—the Malawi community champion model 

Mobilizing the community against maternal death—the Malawi community champion model
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Mobilizing the community against maternal death—the Malawi community champion model
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Chisale Mhango

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10.1093/med/9780198703327.003.0005
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date: 20 September 2019

Chapter 5 discusses the challenge of reducing maternal mortality in Malawi, one of the least resourced countries in Africa, through a mixture of clinical measures, service organization, and mobilizing the community. It describes how African Union (AU) and WHO policies were important in shaping plans and how international partners helped support and resource Malawi’s plans, as well as how the community and community leaders have been central to the success in Malawi. It covers how traditional leaders–chiefs–have played a very big role in giving maternal health greater priority and in changing behaviours amongst men as well as women, along with their willingness to confront resistance to change, whether it came from the churches or from individuals. It also covers the use of non-medical personnel, for example, in providing injectable contraceptives to women or in banning traditional birth attendants from delivering babies.

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