Recognizing that multiple factors are responsible for adverse pregnancy-related outcomes, a community-based intervention was implemented in Mominpet, in Andhra Pradesh, India in collaboration with the M.V. Foundation, a nongovernmental organization. The intervention focused on improving maternal health outcomes by raising awareness and building family and community support for pregnant women; involving pregnant women’s families, notably their husbands, in pregnancy-related care; and supporting pregnant women to access health services. This report describes the experience and outcomes of the intervention. In particular, it explores the extent to which the intervention was effective in increasing community support for safe motherhood on the one hand, and in improving pregnancy-related practices on the other. It describes the activities undertaken during the project period, and discusses outcomes at the level of the community, the family, and pregnant women based on qualitative and survey data. Finally, it suggests recommendations for policy and programs based on lessons learned from the intervention.
Sinha, Dipa. 2008. "Empowering communities to make pregnancy safer: An intervention in rural Andhra Pradesh," Health and Population Innovation Fellowship Programme Working Paper no. 5. New Delhi: Population Council.
Health and Population Innovation (HPI) Fellowship Program