Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Mobilizing communities to improve maternal health: results of an intervention in rural Zambia

Tim Ensor, Cathy Green, Paula Quigley, Abdul Razak Badru, Dynes Kaluba & Tendayi Kureya

Volume 92, Number 1, January 2014, 51-59

Table 1. Maternal health indicators in intervention and control districts before and after the intervention, 2010–2011, Zambia

Indicator Control districts
Intervention districts
Baseline survey (n = 1630) Final survey (n = 1343) Baseline survey (n = 1775) Final survey (n = 1445)
No. (%) of women who used emergency transport 21 (1.3) 20 (1.5) 12 (0.7) 215 (14.9)
No. (%) of women who knew three obstetric danger signs 761 (46.7) 588 (43.8) 959 (54.0) 883 (61.1)
No. (%) of women who knew they should receive antenatal care in the first trimester 924 (56.7) 851 (63.4) 847 (47.7) 1046 (72.4)
No. (%) of women who received 4 or more antenatal care visits from a skilled birth attendant, with the first in the first trimester 587 (36.0) 577 (43.0) 579 (32.6) 650 (45.0)
No. (%) of deliveries involving a skilled birth attendant 660 (40.5) 618 (46.0) 731 (41.2) 984 (68.1)
No. (%) of deliveries involving a skilled birth attendant at a health-care facility 618 (37.9) 596 (44.4) 706 (39.8) 946 (65.5)
No. (%) of women who received postnatal care within 6 days 618 (37.9) 646 (48.1) 604 (34.0) 670 (46.4)
No. (%) of women who used modern contraception immediately after giving birth 453 (27.8) 424 (31.6) 364 (20.5) 449 (31.1)