In 2016, World Connect named two “Champions of Change” Award recipients: the first is the Rwimitereri Health Center in Rwanda, the second the Kalomo District Health Office in Zambia.
In Rwanda, the “Champions of Change” Award will extend and complete the construction of a maternity ward at the Rwimitereri Health Center. The maternity ward will provide women in 25 villages with a population of 28,000 people with safe and clean place to give birth. It will also allow community health workers to share important health information with the more than 150 mothers who visit the Health Center monthly, but also to take health education, specifically maternal health education, out into and across the 25 villages.
In Kalomo District, Zambia, there are 31 health facilities serving more than 200,000 people. The Champions of Change Award will allow the District Nursing Officers to coordinate and lead a series of “cluster trainings”, where community health workers and community-based Saving Mothers Action Group volunteers from various health facilities will gather for advanced and refresher trainings on issues related to their work preventing maternal and child mortality. Specifically, they’ll be training to recognize and respond to postpartum hemmorrage, sepsis, preclampsyia and pregnancy-related hypertensive disorders, and training to work with mothers on HIV and family planning. The project is modeled on a successful set of trainings in neighboring Zimba District.