witnessed in selected woredas of Waghimra and North wollo.
The major intervention approach to bring the intended change is community engagement through social accountability using community score card (CSC) tool. There are six steps in CSC.
Asketema health center has made noticeable changes in terms of demand creation, service and Infrastructure. The social accountability project created an enabling environment for the community and the government officials to assess the condition and needs to improve the services and capacity of the health center for betterment of mothers and children’s health.
During the application of CSC, one of main steps is to prepare joint action plan as per the identified issues left to be addressed. Before MSD’s intervention, the Asketema health center didn’t have clean and proper water pipeline and latrine also enough materials and food items to provide for mothers to stay in the maternal waiting room. After MSD’s intervention, the community started to learn the need to collaborate with the government and indicate the priority needs specially for mothers who are facing big challenge in safeguarding their maternal , new born and children health . The health center also started taking constructive actions for delivering quality services to ensure MNCH. Accordingly, the health center fulfilled the required materials for maternal waiting room like food with cooking personnel, counselling service, clean and comfortable latrine and shower. The health center also installed water tanker with 15,000 liters holding capacity.
A 27 years old Mother Mrs Bayat Tsehayu extends her appreciation to the health center’s improved facility , With a beautiful smiling face Bayat tells how the maternal waiting room minimized her worry “ The availability of this waiting room changed my health status in so many ways , we didn’t have food , clean toilet or enough water before , now we have a person that cooks for us timely and as per our preference. I am now 9 months pregnant and waiting for the delivery date with my sisters who are here waiting for delivery as well”
Bayat continues “ I live 5 hours walking distance away from the center and it would have been impossible for m eto come here on a daily basis or even to think of coming during labour , thanks to the maternal waiting room I am able to deliver my child safely ’’