This summary report outlines the findings of a cross-sectional study reported in full elsewhere. The study assessed the impact of membership of Community Based Savings Groups on women's use of MNCH services, in remote areas of Chitral, Pakistan, particularly of services provided by Community Midwives (CMWs). The MNCH programme had trained and deployed 24 midwives to serve a population of 55,013 with low-cost, reliable, and easily accessible antenatal, delivery and post-partum care. CBSGs were established at the same time, composed of 10-30 women. assessment was via 4 focus groups, interviewing 908 women and their husbands: participants did not have to be members of the CBSG. Deploying CMWs and simultaneously establishing CBSGs proved to be effective in increasing utilisation of MNCH services from skilled service providers (a 4x increase of continuum of care).
Noorani, Q.; Azam, I.; Shaikh, B.T.; Ranasinghe, T.; Abbas, S.; Wali, S. Summary Report - Role of Community-Based Savings Groups (CBSGs) in Enabling Greater Utilisation of Community Midwives in Chitral District of Pakistan.