FemBioBiz participant: Muzalema Mwanza

Muzalema Mwanza - Safe Motherhood Allliance

Every day in Zambia, hundreds of mothers and babies die at childbirth. A big part of the problem is the lack of access to sterile supplies in rural communities and low-income communities as well as the broken healthcare chain affecting those areas. One may find traditional birth attendants (TBA) severing umbilical cords with rusty blades infecting babies with tetanus, women giving birth on cold floors, wiping themselves with dirty pieces of cloths.  Muzalema’s solution to this is to provide a sterilized affordable baby delivery kit containing essential supplies a woman requires at childbirth to ensure she has a clean, safe and hygienic delivery. The Safe Motherhood Alliance works to ensure every baby gets an opportunity to live. One delivery kit ensures a safe delivery, creates behavioral change and offers economic empowerment to a birth attendant.   

Safe Motherhood Alliance (SMA) is a social enterprise, established to advance and improve safe births by developing a simple, low-cost, disposable delivery kit for pregnant women in Zambia that will be used during childbirth.