Every year worldwide about 350 000 women die from pregnancy and
childbirth related causes and an estimated three and a half to four
million babies die in the first four weeks of life.
(Missed Opportunities in
Maternal and Infant Health:
reducing maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity in the year
after childbirth through combined facility- and community-based
interventions) addresses critical issues in maternal and newborn
health by focusing on improving the postpartum health care for
mothers and newborns.
MOMI will help to define the optimum package of postpartum
interventions required to improve maternal and newborn health and -
through its ongoing policy outcomes - impact on overall maternal
and child mortality, thus contributing to Millennium Development
Goals 4 and 5.
The package of interventions developed through MOMI will target
newborn health and women in the early postpartum period and
throughout the first year after childbirth. This package will be
delivered through a combined facility- and community-based approach
designed to integrate services and strengthen health systems. It
will be implemented in four African countries (Burkina Faso, Kenya,
Malawi and Mozambique) by a consortium of five African and three
MOMI started the
1st of February 2011 and will run during 5 years until
the 31st of January 2016.
MOMI is funded by
the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme
[FP7/2007-2013; call FP7-AFRICA-2010 for collaborative
projects], under grant agreement n° 265448.
The project aims to add to global knowledge
about how postpartum services could be more effectively organized,
both at facility and community level, to improve maternal and