Delays in getting transport and receiving service at the facility level cause maternal deaths during childbirth. In addition to reducing preventable maternal deaths, prevention of morbidity is also crucial.
To address these issues, the programme operates a comprehensive maternal, neonatal and child health intervention. The core principle is to monitor closely and address risk factors through early detection.
Community health workers visit door to door to provide antenatal care services and assess risks throughout the pregnancy. In urban areas, community health workers refer mothers to BRAC Maternity Centres, where they can avail safe delivery facilities. For complicated cases, mothers are referred to government facilities and supported throughout the course of delivery. In rural areas, all mothers are referred to the nearest government facility.
Following the birth, the community health workers continue to provide door-to-door postnatal services. They also provide counselling on caregiving practices for the infants. As soon as any risks are identified, mothers and their newborns are referred to the nearest government healthcare facilities.
During the past year, the community health workers have provided over 477,000 antenatal care services, over 255,000 prenatal care services, and delivered 14,000 babies safely. The programme is working to expand the geographic reach of these services and increasing uptake in the coming years.