Screen, Transport and Treat
Encouraging women to seek treatment is vital to overcoming barriers to safer motherhood.
In rural Ethiopia, 78% of women do not seek medical care during pregnancy or for delivery because of local customs, fear of the outside world, and challenges faced when traveling to reach medical facilities. Unfortunately, when women in Ethiopia do not receive proper medical care during pregnancy and childbirth, they have a 50% chance of developing a debilitating and sometimes deadly complication.
STT aims to reduce or remove all three barriers to maternal health:
- The decision of whether to seek medical care
- The ability to reach medical facilities
- The ability to receive adequate treatment
Through the STT Program, our partners travel to rural communities where they identify women suffering from any maternal health complications and arrange for their transportation to the nearest health facility where they undergo surgical treatment. We underwrite the entire cost of this program.
“The women VHP [have] treated…can now live at home with their families, go to market, and carry on normal lives again. For them, the Screen, Transport and Treat program has been a miracle.”