Mother and Baby Programme (Mama na Mwana)

Each year over 179,000 women and 1 million newborn babies in Sub Saharan Africa die from maternal health and newborn complications which could so easily have been avoided. Motherless children are also up to 10 times more likely to die in the two years after their mother’s death.


The simple fact is that most of these deaths can be prevented.To support pregnant women, and mothers with newborn babies, healthcare volunteers within communities can provide basic healthcare check-ups, advice and support.

With support from St John International, the Mother and Baby programme can stop needless deaths. By focusing on community led health programmes working across Sub-Saharan Africa in Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, we can help save lives.

St John in Zambia trains and mobilises local people to work in communities and at local health clinics. Starting in 2015, our volunteers will help improve the health of mothers and babies by teaching women about nutrition and antenatal check-ups, preparing for labour and the birth. 

Our community outreach will educate men on the vital role they have in ensuring women have access to the healthcare they require. We have mobile clinics in some regions to bring healthcare facilities and professionals closer to the people that need it most.

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The Mother and Baby Programme is funded by: