Most studies of pre-term birth – the leading cause of infant mortality around the world – have focused on complications that occur in health facilities in the high-income countries. A unique new study conducted by CCP looks at risk factors that start long before delivery.
Selling condoms and other health products as part of CCP's Keneya Jemu Kan project has helped provide a livelihood to a group of women in rural Mali. “It has become a source of life for many families,” says one seller.
A CCP-led safe motherhood pilot program in Mali was so successful – doubling the number of facility-based births over a short time period – that it's already being expanded to 38 more villages.
“There’s a need for new tools to complement what’s already available and to protect people during times, and in settings, where people are at risk but net use is not feasible,” says CCP's April Monroe, who is part of the $33.7 million grant from Unitaid.
Each woman in Mali gives birth to an average of six children. And talk of sex, let alone family planning, is considered taboo here.
Despite these obstacles, last year CCP and its partners in the USAID-funded Keneya Jemu Kan (KJK) project sold 14.9 million condoms, 50 percent more than they anticipated.