MPENJE Village in Kalambo District, Rukwa Region has recorded zero maternal deaths for the past three years, thanks to the efforts of Africare, a non-governmental organization which focuses on reducing maternal deaths and child mortalities among rural communities.
BBC Media Action’s research found that knowledge of key nutrition behaviors during pregnancy are very high among those interviewed and that Mwanzo Bora’s Social Behavior Change Communication Kit is helping parents feel comfortable asking questions about nutrition lessons they do not fully understand.
More than 5,100 people in West Africa have died this year from the Ebola virus. Tragically, many of those who died were children. Also tragically, many of those who died were parents.
Africare is imparting entrepreneurial skills to the villagers so they effectively exploit business opportunities in the area.
Three years ago, maternal deaths were reported daily.