Respectful Maternity

Self-Care

Citizen-Led Accountability

Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights

Midwives & Midwifery

History & Mission

Since 2012, WRA Zimbabwe has grown through mobilizing and equipping citizens and healthcare providers with the tools and knowledge to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn and adolescent health outcomes. WRA Zimbabwe’s mission is to active a people-led movement for reproductive, maternal and newborn health and rights to realize a Zimbabwe where all girls and women realize their right to quality health and well-being.

Challenge

Many women experience disrespect and abuse at health facilities and choose to deliver at home, putting themselves and their babies at risk of complications and death. Currently 458 maternal deaths occur per 100,000 live births in Zimbabwe.

Solution

Training health workers on respectful maternity care and empowering women with the knowledge and confidence to lead their own care strengthens health systems and the relationship between a woman and her provider. WRA Zimbabwe is implementing respectful maternity care and self-care programs and working to embed strong policies reinforcing both at the national level.

Current Campaigns

Respectful Maternity Care

WRA Zimbabwe is strengthening respectful maternity care by engaging midwives to champion the cause and listening to their feedback on how to best support midwives in providing respectful maternity care. We are currently in the process of developing a respectful maternity care toolkit, in collaboration with midwives, to be used by all health care workers to improve the standard of care provided to mothers.

Self-Care Project

The WRA Zimbabwe self-care project is a community-driven, women-centered effort to build health literacy for new and expecting mothers in the rural area of Kwekwe. This program is laying the foundation for a national self-care strategy to promote healthy lifestyles for families while also realizing health rights.

Our Impact

WRA Zimbabwe has brought together educators, healthcare providers and communities to establish a culture of mutual understanding and respect. We have championed respectful maternity care education through extensive training, integration into medical education program curriculums and communication tools to drive change. In 2019, WRA Zimbabwe, in partnership with Women’s University in Africa, established a core group of trainers to integrate respectful maternity care principles and practice into the undergraduate midwifery curriculum offered to students who come from, and practice in, all 10 provinces in Zimbabwe. 

The year prior, WRA Zimbabwe in partnership with Abertawe Bro Morgannwa University, created a cadre of 25 Respectful Maternity Care champion midwives and obstetricians through women-centered care and RMC education in Harare.

In 2017, we addressed high maternal mortality rates in KweKwe District by engaging nearly 5,000 women around self-care through effective birth preparedness in emergency situations, raising awareness of birth complications and informing them of their rights to receive quality, respectful care. Through building key relationships and partnerships with decisionmakers in KweKwe District, WRA Zimbabwe has integrated selfcare policies into health messaging.

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SELF-CARE: Mom and baby at Self Care Project workshop, in Kwekwe, Zimbabwe.

CITIZEN-LED ACCOUNTABILITY: Caroline Maposhere facilitates a focus group discussion on accountability in health with pregnant women in Kwe Kwe District.

ALL SMILES: A mom and baby after delivering at a clinic in Zimbabwe

BIRTH PREPAREDNESS: Pregnant women from a maternity waiting home in Zimbabwe playing netball as part of Self-Care exercises. This image won the Best Photo award in the White Ribbon Alliance Self-Care photo competition.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Kwekwe Village health workers on day 2 of the Self-Care Project.

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Respectful Maternity Care

Thank you to our partners

Ministry of Health and Child Care

World Health Organisation

United Nations Population Fund

Save the Children

Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program  

USAID Grantee

Community Based Health Care workers

Health Center Communities

Zimbabwe Confederation of Midwives

Zimbabwe Nurse Association

Nurses’ & Midwives’ Council of Zimbabwe

SAFAIDS

College of Health Sciences University of Zimbabwe

UNICEF

Gender and Media Connect

ICM

ESCACON

Lugina Africa

Midwives Research Network

Contact Us

Geraldine Nyaku

National Coordinator, WRA Zimbabwe

Geraldine Nyaku holds a BA Law degree from the University of Johannesburg and a post-graduate certificate on Women’s Rights in Africa from the Center of Human Rights, University of Pretoria. She is an alumna of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Center (RLC) Southern Africa (SA). She is a women’s rights activist who has been working in the civic society for the past six years. She has extensive experience in advocacy, lobbying for children and women’s rights, conducting trainings on gender based violence, women’s rights, the constitution and its compliance with legislative policies and facilitation. She has worked with diverse communities at grassroots level and with different government structures from local authorities to ministries and policy makers to advocate for the rights of women and children. She believes that White Ribbon Alliance is a great platform for advancing women and newborn’s rights and to contribute towards social change and community development. She hopes to bring her multifaceted leadership style and innovative solutions to improve and promote maternal and new born health and rights both in the national and global alliance.

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Geraldine Nyaku

National Coordinator, WRA Zimbabwe

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