An independent evaluation of our integrated maternal health programme was carried out by the Big Lottery Fund which had provided funding for the work carried out from October 2006 to March 2009.
The report found the programme had reached or exceeded the anticipated outcomes in every area of its operations.
“The programme achieved outstanding results in a relatively short time frame.” (Mimi Khan, Independent Evaluator)
The main findings were:
- the number of women attending Gimbie Adventist Hospital and the four linked clinics to give birth increased by 51% between 2006 and 2008.
- the number of deaths amongst women identified as having obstetric complications fell from 6.2% to 0.6% by the third year of the programme.
- 1200 women successfully took part in the women’s income generating activity. Over 90% of the women made profits and were consequently able to save money to pay for food, education and health services.
- the health promotion programme took place in 40 kebeles (villages) with 110,000 attendances across the sessions, far more than had been anticipated in the original plan.