Momentum Safe Surgery in Family Planning and Obstetrics (USAID MSSFPO)

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In Mozambique women and newborns die or suffer disproportionately from preventable and/or treatable complications of childbirth. Additionally, an estimated 2,500 women each year develop an obstetric fistula. Yet access to safe obstetric surgeries - including cesarean deliveries, fistula repair and hysterectomies remains limited across the country. The health system’s capacity to provide these services is hampered by a lack of trained staff and basic equipment. Thousands of Mozambican women and men want to achieve healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy but are not using a modern method of contraception. 23% of married women do not have their needs for a modern contraceptive met. Lack of knowledge about and access to long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) and permanent methods (PM) of contraception are key factors limiting women and their partners from achieving healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy.

MOMENTUM Safe Surgery in Family Planning and Obstetrics aims to increase access to and improve surgical safety within maternal health and voluntary family planning programs in Mozambique. The project will work with a broad group of stakeholders from Mozambican institutions including: the Government of Mozambique and the Ministry of Health, civil society and community-based organizations, the public and private sectors, professional associations, and others. It focuses on building and sustaining community awareness of available surgical and contraceptive options, breaking down obstacles to seeking care, and strengthening the health system’s ability to provide high quality,
voluntary, indicated, and consented safe surgeries and LARC/PMs. The program also collaborates with a range of public and private sector partners to generate and share evidence and lessons learned.


  • Access to and use of evidence-based quality information about maternal and newborn health services, voluntary family planning and reproductive health care services and interventions scaled up and sustained.
  • Capacity to deliver evidence-based quality maternal and newborn health services, voluntary family planning and reproductive health care improved, institutionalized, measured, documented and responsive for population needs.
  • Adaptive learning and use of evidence in MNCH/RH/FP programming through sustained technical leadership.
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Wednesday, August 3, 2022 - 4:15am

Last updated: August 03, 2022