Experiences of community health workers in the Mobilising Access to Maternal Health (MAMaZ) Programme in Zambia

Oladosu, Titilopemi (2013) Experiences of community health workers in the Mobilising Access to Maternal Health (MAMaZ) Programme in Zambia. In: British Conference of Undergraduate Research, 2013-04-13 - 2013-04-14, University of Plymouth.

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Abstract

Introduction The MAMaZ programme in Zambia uses volunteer community health workers to improve transport and social mobilisation for maternal health in rural communities. The programme ends in 2013, continued volunteer activity is needed for the impact of the programme to be realised. Identifying factors that influence volunteer motivation and retention is important to reduce volunteer attrition and increase sustainability. Methods This cross-sectional qualitative research study involved 19 one-to-one interviews with programme volunteers in 3 districts. One focus group interview took place with the district programme officers. The data was analysed using thematic content analysis. Findings Wanting to save the lives of women, provision of identity through T- shirts, and seeing the impact of their work were some of the motivational factors mentioned. Large catchment areas, lack of monetary incentives, and lack of appropriate equipment were challenges identified by volunteers. Discussion Recommendations for the programme include: provision of appropriate equipment for volunteers, increased efforts to provide skilled birth attendants to health facilities, and training of more community health workers.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Uncontrolled Keywords: qualitative research,maternal health,access to health care,sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/good_health_and_well_being
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2022 09:30
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2022 00:54
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/83066
DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.1914.9526

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