Zambia’s maternal and child mortality rates are among the highest in the world, and were a focus of New Zealand aid to Africa in the 2000s. Working through Africare, a non-governmental organisation, the New Zealand Aid Programme contributed to the Lundazi Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Project (shown here in 2009). Primary delivery of health services was through traditional leaders and birth attendants, and community leaders – teachers, health workers and village headmen. The programme's results were good, with no maternal deaths in the target communities, better infant and baby health, fewer teenage pregnancies and early marriages, and greater male involvement in maternal and child health matters.
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