In five years since its inception, Manoshi has been extremely successful in improving maternal care in the urban slums of Dhaka. Home deliveries have reduced from 86% to 16% and the maternal mortality ratio from 294 per 100,000 live births to 135 in the targeted areas. Additionally, the neonatal mortality rate has dramatically decreased from 43 per 1,000 to 17. Both of these accomplishments reach and exceed the Millennium Development Goal targets which call for a two thirds reduction in the mortality rate of children under five and mothers between by 2015. There is no doubt that training community health agents and creating safe spaces for maternal care is a successful healthcare intervention even in places that continue to have widespread economic challenges. Take a look at this video to see just how this initiative works and please consider donating the other BRAC programs that build upon this successful model in other countries.
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