“Mothers for life. Life for mothers” is a project won by World Vision Romania in 2015 as part of “Merck for mothers” global programme for reducing maternal mortality worldwide. It’s aim is to sustain and integrate maternal medical services and family planning and to reduce the very high rates of maternal mortality, unwanted pregnancieis and abortion, especially among teenagers. The project has a duration of 30 months and it is implemented in three counties, in 30 rural communities that are the most exposed to poverty. We plan to educate, support and inform 15,000 women and 230 medical care providers. Local and central authorities involved in women health are also targeted by the project in order to improve access of most vulnerable women to medical care during pregnancy and to support the optimal space of birth.
After only a few months of activities the project “Mothers for life. Life for mothers” was awarded at the Gala “Romanian Corporate Social Responsibility Awards 2016“.
During the first semester several national and local debates have been organized with central and local authorities, Government, Parliament, several ministries (health, education, labour), representatives of medical institutions and community participation.
Also, during this period a community qualitative study was carried out: “Barriers met by the vulnerable women from the rural areas in accessing prenatal and reproductive health medical services in Romania”. The research was conducted in Dolj, Valcea and Vaslui counties as part of the project.
The results of the study were launched as a public national debate at the National Institute of Public Health, bringing together representatives of the Presidency, Government, Parliament – Deputy Chamber and Senate, Ministry of Health, National House of Health Insurance and the most important medical public institutions and professional societies, specialists and mass media.