Authors: Aaron M Kipp, Margaret Maimbolwa, Marie A Brault,Penelope Kalesha-Masumbu, Mary Katepa-Bwalya,Phanuel Habimana, Sten H Vermund, Kasonde Mwinga, and Connie A Haley
This study on child survival, presents indicators, national document, and qualitative data from key informants and community women describing the factors that have enabled Zambia to successfully reduce under-five mortality over the last 15 years and achieve Millennial Development Goal (MDG) #4. Study results found a Zambian national commitment to ongoing reform of national health strategic plans and efforts to ensure universal access to effective maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH) interventions, creating an environment that has promoted child health. Zambia has also focused on bringing health services as close to the family as possible through specific community health strategies, such as actively involving community health workers to provide health education, basic MNCH services, and linking women to health facilities. The authors highlight policies, programs, and implementations that facilitated reductions in under-five mortality in Zambia. These findings may inform how other countries in the African Region can increase progress in child survival in the post-MDG period.
Link: Improving access to child health services at the community level in Zambia: a country case study on progress in child survival,
Resource Topic: Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)