Project Lead(s): Jennifer Schechter
The West African nation of Togo has a maternal mortality rate of 4.5 per 1,000 live births and child (under age 5) mortality rate of 78 per 1,000 live births.
Hope Through Health’s model, developed in partnership with Togo’s Ministry of Health, represents a new approach to reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health care in the country, including family planning.
The project trains and equips local women as community health workers to educate and enroll women into potentially life changing family planning programs, not only improving the availability of such programs but eliminating the barrier of clinical user fees. The project will provide ongoing mentorship and training of the community health workers in four underserved communities in northern Togo, where contraceptive prevalence is as low as 4 percent.