Lusaka, 26 December, 2023 / 9:30 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the humanitarian arm of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has been running a program in Zambia that seeks to reduce maternal mortality rates in the southern African country.
Dubbed as “Mayi na Mwana project” the CRS project has already registered a 50 percent reduction in maternal mortality rates across 3 district hospitals and 26 health centers in the country.
In a Thursday, December 7 statement, CRS officials explain how volunteers and workers were trained to promote the initiative that was realized in collaboration with the Helmsley Charitable Trust, a global philanthropy that funds holistic programs in sub-Saharan Africa.
“From 2020 to 2023, in the project’s first phase, health workers and volunteers received training to respond to maternity emergencies and provide quality care,” the officials say, and add that 40,000 maternal and child health cases were handled by the group.
The officials say that through the project, the health workers and volunteers reached 30 health facilities and their catchment areas in southern Africa’s three districts of Katete, Petauke, and Sinda.