Manicaland province has recorded major strides in reducing maternal death statistics over the last 5 years owing to the establishment of waiting homes funded under the results based financing initiative.

Impressive strides have been recorded towards improving maternal and child health in the 42 districts that are benefitting under the World Bank-funded results based  financing initiative which is managed by development  partners that include the United Nations Children’s Fund and  Crown Agents in partnership with the government.

Since its launch in 2011, the results-based financing programme has assisted in establishing waiting mothers shelters resulting in the increase of institutional deliveries, post natal care, and improvement of quality of antenatal care.

The Acting District Medical Officer for Mutasa District Dr Stewart Karembo says rural health facilities that have established waiting homes in Manicaland province such as Sakupwanya clinic, Hauna and Mutsvangwa clinics, as well as Mutambara hospital among others, have assisted in reducing maternal mortality statistics.

By eliminating user fees for expecting mothers and rewarding service delivery, results-based finance clinics have also seen more rapid improvements in the availability of drugs.

The provincial medical director Dr Mafaone says government is satisfied with progress achieved so far in reducing the maternal mortality statistics in the province.

The success being recorded through this initiative is expected to further draw down the country’s maternal mortality statistics from the prevailing 614 per 100 000 live births to more sustainable figures, according to Crown Agents RBF team leader Mrs Caroline Mubaira.