SMGL At-A-Glance Results


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Annual Report 2013






Saving Mothers'  first Annual Report, Making Pregnancy and Childbirth Safer in Uganda and Zambia, demonstrates rapid progress towards reducing maternal mortality ratios in eight pilot districts.

In Uganda districts, the maternal mortality ratio has declined by 30%, while in facilities in Zambia, the maternal mortality ratio has decreased by 35%. The Report showcases the activities that have helped contribute to these gains, including:

  • Increasing the number of women delivering in health facilities by 62% and 35% in Uganda and Zambia, respectively
  • Enhancing women's access to Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care, by hiring and training skilled birth attendants;
  • Strengthening transportation and communications networks among communities and facilities, in addition to strengthening the supply chain for life-saving medicines and commodities; and
  • Expanding testing and treatment for HIV/AIDS for women and their newborns.

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Please note: The SMGL Annual Report has been updated since its original release on January 9, 2014. The original report indicated that the pre-discharge institutional neonatal mortality rate (NMR) increased significantly in Uganda during SMGL Phase 1. Further investigation found and corrected erroneously recorded data in one facility, leading to a downward revision of the endline NMR and PMR in Uganda.


Supplementary Evaluations

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Saving Mothers, Giving Life Monitoring and Evaluation Report: Executive Summary


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Saving Mothers, Giving Life and the University of Zambia School of Medicine
Zambia Ethnographic Appraisal of Maternal Health Seeking Behavior: Executive Summary


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USAID and Futures Group
Findings of Expenditure Studies in Uganda and Zambia for the Saving Mothers, Giving Life partnership: Executive Summary


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Columbia University

Columbia University Evaluation: Uganda country brief


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Columbia University Evaluation: Zambia country brief


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External Evaluation Interim Report


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External Evaluation Final Report


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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Phase 1 Reports

Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care Services: Access and Availability
(advance copy)


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Maternal and Perinatal Outcomes in Health Facilities
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Monitoring and Evaluation Overview
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Maternal Mortality
(advance copy)


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