Learning, Sharing, Adapting:
Innovations in Maternal Health Programming
Structure | How to use | Recommended Resources

CARE's decades of experience in and learning from maternal health, and broader sexual and reproductive health, programming has resulted in the accrual of a rich body of knowledge. And as CARE recommits to knowledge sharing and learning the sexual, reproductive, and maternal health (SRMH) team brainstormed how we could contribute to global learning. This reference guide on innovations in maternal health was inspired by this.

Over a year ago, efforts began to start synthesizing the rich program experiences into a new product: a reference guide. The innovation in this guide is that it is not just a collection of case studies, but it takes an extra step to identify potential steps for replication and adaptation in very different contexts.

Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal Health Reference Guide


The reference guide is divided into three interconnected chapters themed on the circles presented below. Each chapter includes specific project examples, including project context, project operation, outcomes, and lessons learned - followed by steps for replication.

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How to use

As a user-friendly collection of successful CARE strategies and approachs to maternal health programming, the guide is intended to serve as guidance for current and future program design and development. It can be used by project staff and teams to plan, design, implement, or build comprehensive maternal health projects or broader programs.

Recommended Resources

(resources below are by chapter and only include resources not easily available elsewhere)

Empowering Communities

Operational Guidelines

Community Support System

Facilitation Guideline on Birth Planning

Logical and Practical Steps/Process to Introduce SMPP Model to Other Districts of Bangladesh

Phase Out and Sustainability of Community Interventions of Safe Motherhood Programs


CARE Governance Programming Framework

SAFCI National Guidelines

Health System Strengthening


Study on Utilization and Feasibility of Misoprostol in Doti District

Policy Action


The Right of Healthcare: New Scenarios and Challenges

Impact of the FEMME Project in Reducing Maternal Mortality and its Significance for Health Policy in Peru


The Community Score Card in Tanzania

Health Equity Project

The Elusive Craft of Evaluating Advocacy

For more information contact Elizabeth Noznesky (enoznesky@care.org)

Thank you to all of the country offices that contributed to this project!