Essential Services for Maternal and Child Health (SEMI) Project Overview

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Essential Services for Maternal and Child Health (SEMI) Project Overview

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) continues to face acute and complex humanitarian crises characterized by internal displacement and widespread insecurity. According to the World Bank, the maternal mortality rate is 547 deaths per 100,000 live births (2020) and mortality rate for children under-five remains one of the highest in the world at 62 deaths per 1,000 live births (2021). These causes of death, often preventable, are aggravated by high rates of malnutrition, inability to access quality health care, lack of access to clean water and gender-based violence (GBV).  

Recognizing the leadership of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) in bringing positive change for women and girls worldwide and their commitment to health systems strengthening in the DRC, IMA World Health implements the Essential Services for Maternal and Child Health (SEMI) project in all health zones of the Kasaï province. By developing the health system and addressing preventable deaths of mothers and babies, IMA World Health works to reduce social inequities in access to health care through SEMI. The project is funded by UK aid and managed under the direction of IMA World Health in partnership with the government of DRC and with local implementing partner SANRU.

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