Total Awarded: $2.1 Million
Total Grants: 6
Duration: 2007 - Present
Geographic Focus: Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria
Over the past decade, the MacArthur Foundation has been striving to reduce maternal mortality through its Population and Reproductive Health grantmaking initiative. In Ethiopia, Ghana, and Nigeria the incidence of maternal mortality due to postpartum hemorrhage is high, and many women still deliver at home. One promising approach to preventing postpartum hemorrhage where women have limited access to healthcare facilities is to give pregnant women misoprostol – an inexpensive pill that, when taken immediately after delivery, can reduce the risk of postpartum hemorrhage. The MacArthur Foundation invested in a package of grants designed to pilot and document the results of four different intervention models for increasing access to misoprostol at the community level, and to work towards national scale-up of the models identified as effective.
In 2014, the Foundation commissioned a team of external consultants to evaluate the grant portfolio in Ethiopia, Ghana, and Nigeria. Specifically, the purpose of the evaluation was to gain a better understanding of how the four intervention models were implemented, their effectiveness, and the extent to which successful pilot projects have been scaled up.
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