Improving Access to Care: SAFE Maternity Services
SAFE helps to bring maternity services to small health facilities serving rural populations that don't have any maternity services. We particularly focus on locations where there are no maternity services of any kind and high numbers of maternal deaths. This makes care more accessible, and allows us to also address quality of care by hiring the best midwives and ensuring that they have regular continuing education, adequate supplies, and referral mechanisms and protocols in place.
SAFE's support of these facilities often means hiring not only midwives or nurses, but often security guards, porters to help carry patients, and groundskeepers for maintenance of the facility. In turn, these people help support the provision of safe, timely care to pregnant and birthing women, newborns, children, and all members of the community.