University of Michigan Scholars Are Assessing the Effectiveness of an Effort to Reduce Maternal Mortality in Liberia

A majority of all births in the African nation of Liberia now occur at home. Under a $1.75 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development, six maternity homes are being built in rural areas where women can stay in the days before they are due to have their babies. The homes are near health clinics that are staffed by professional nurses and midwives. The goal of the project is to reduce the high maternal mortality rate in Liberia.

Scholars at the University of Michigan’s School of Nursing are conducting research on the effectiveness of the program in reducing infant mortality.