Updated Mar 27, 2019

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Improving Maternal Health for Vulnerable Women(IMHVW)

Part of United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS)

Improving Maternal Health for Vulnerable Women(IMHVW) is an innovation to increase access to high quality maternal health care and child survival on a sustainable basis

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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

To date, evaluation report conducted by experts from one of the teaching hospitals in Ghana called Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital has confirmed that maternal health in our operational areas has improved. To sustain this development, a US based Non-Governmental Organisation called Vitamin Angels in collaboration with Apostle Padi Ologo Traditional Birth Centre- a registered NGO in Ghana run community campaigns to distribute Vitamin A and Albendazole to Children below age 5 for healthy growth. 1500 of such children were supported last year. The innovation had had impact on 5,000 mothers and newborn in rural Ghana.
Yes Korle-Bu Teaching hodpital are the tesyers of the organisation.
We have invited a teaching hospital in Ghana called Korle-Bu teaching hospital to conduct End of Term Evaluation. The report of that evaluation proved that the innovation has worked

Registered as a Non-Profit in Ghana.

Focus Areas:

Education, Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and 1 MoreSEE ALL

Education, Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and HealthSEE LESS

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Women suffer still birth, miscarriage, infant and maternal mortality and sometimes unsafe abortion. Limited access to infrastructure such as road, School and electricity in poor communities in Ghana contribute to these problems because the poor nature of the road for example, does not encourage drivers to ply the road frequently for pregnant women to make use of the nearest hospital which is about 12km away from them.



This is the type of innovation that construct health facilities and provide training centre which trains midwives. It also provides centres for counseling on family planning and HIV/AIDS. It also provides Community Ambulance for emergencies and outreach clinics.

With these structures in place, the project will address the concerns of the people in the community such as lack of information on family planning, HIV/AIDS, unsafe abortion and many others. This approach is taken because it is the best means to solve problems related to maternal, infant issues in the community as well as general health problems such as malaria, HIV/AIDS and unsafe abortion. Thus, the project primarily will help address the vulnerable conditions of women in general and particularly, birthing women in the community and its surrounding villages.

Target Beneficiaries

Women and Children/infants

Mission and Vision

Impact on neonatal and maternal outcomes: Clean birth practices were estimated to reduce mortality from neonatal infections by a median of 27% and from tetanus of 38%. This is possible since we rely on skilled birth attendants for infection control practices.Clean birth practices with skilled attendant were estimated to reduce maternal mortality from sepsis by median of 35% at home and 55% in facility.Impact on adhearance to clean birth practices:Modern equipment in the Ambulance were significantly more likely to have appropriately washed the mother's perineum and to have used a sterilize cover for the umbilical stump as compared to the birth supervised by unskilled attendant. Cost effectiveness: By ensuring clean birth practices at the time of childbirth approximately 108, 300 lives could be saved at cost per life saved of $160.00

Innovation Description

Improving Maternal Health for Vulnerable Women involves increasing access to high quality maternal health care; providing emergencies, community reproductive health education and health professionals to vulnerable and marginalised women. These are approaches to manage normal (uncomplicated) pregnancies, childbirth and immediate postnatal period, and in the identification, management and referrals of complications in women and new-born in rural Ghana. These help to reduce maternal mortality. How does your innovation work? It is a life saving tool. It provides prompt response to women in labour. The Ambulance which is equipped with health equipment like BP Apparatus, Thermometer, etc and with midwife in attendance, moves to the door steps of the clients and offer antenatal, delivery and postnatal services. Since the clients have our contacts, they call whenever they need the service of the midwife and we offer quick service to prevent any casualty.

Competitive Advantage

It brings convenience and security to mothers knowing that the Ambulance will response immediately to their call. Allows for a safe, hygienic birth environment since we put in place high level infection control plan to prevent infection. Mothers do not spend on transport. They rather save money since the innovation goes to their door steps to provide health care.

Planned Goals and Milestones

MODEL REPLICATION: Building on our proven model, Apostle Padi Ologo Traditional Birth Centre is exploring growth and scaling. We intend to replicate this solution in districts and regional levels. INCOME GENERATION ACTIVITIES: We believe that we can do more if we can generate our own income to support donors or even without the support of donors. Cultavation of cocoa and Mango with ready market is a reliable strategy to expand this innovation even without the support of donors.
Improving Maternal Health for Vulnerable Women is in a "transition to scale" phase and preparing to raise its next round of investment. Over the next 24 months we intend to use this investment to:
  • pilot our expansion(model replication) as a pathway to scale
  • Expand our training platform as a value added service(targeting mothers and healthcare workers
New Implemented CountriesGhana

The Team Behind the Innovation

(A) The Project Manager/Administrator: Oversee all project activities and be the main contact point for the donor and the field staff, Ensure project activities comply with the policies and regulations of the donor organization; Responsible for overseeing the development and execution of project deliverables, lead project planning, budgeting, action plans and monitoring processes; Responsible for submitting activity reports, meeting minutes and financial reports on regular basis to the donor; Oversee the preparation and submission of annual activity-based project budgets as well as monthly and quarterly financial reports and sending of new funding requests; Lead and motivate the project team and monitor project activities and project expenditure and coordinate work with consultants and volunteers in the project; Ensures close collaboration and coordination with cooperating partners to guarantee smooth implementation of activities and achievement of results as specified in grant agreements; Address the following risks and challenges: Political risk,Economic risk, Social risk, Religious risk, Managerial risk and Environmental risk ( B) The Finance Officer with the following duties: Oversee the financial operations of the organization and ensure timely and accurate financial reports and practices including cash management, payroll, financial disbursements, ledgers etc; Develop business plans in consultation with other staff for possible generation of long-term incomes for the organization.(C) The Communication / Fundraising officer with some of the duties which include: Creating, planning, implementation, management and oversight of all aspects related to fundraising for the organization; Explore and develop strategies for long-term sustainability of the organization and its interventions




Feb 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Accreditation to Second High-Level UN Conferences on South-South Cooperation
Feb 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Accreditation to Second High-Level UN Conferences on South-South Cooperation
Feb 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Accreditation to Second High-Level UN Conferences on South-South Cooperation
Aug 2018
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
UN Global Compact Participant
Date Unknown
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