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One of the known causes of maternal and newborn deaths is the delay in reaching care at the health facility due to high transports costs. Mothers therefore fail to seek services at the health facilities and opt for care from nearby traditional birth attendants which pose more risks to both the mother and the new born. As a means of improving access to quality obstetric care services, Baylor-Uganda secured funding from Every Mother Counts for a 2 year project to be implemented between October 2015 to September 2017 to support pregnant mothers access free transport from the community to the nearest health facility using a motor cycle covering the 4 ANC visits, delivery and one PNC visit. During this period, a total of 24,000 vouchers representing 144,000 trips was distributed with a target utilization of 65%. The Boda for Mothers project has significantly contributed to positive maternal outcomes as mothers arrive in time for their delivery and respond to their clinic appointments. The project has also had far reaching social, economic, and institutional benefits through job creation for over 420 boda riders who have not only increased household incomes but also have become community mobilizers sensitizing the communities in churches and community meetings on the benefits of antenatal and delivery at the facility. VHTs have also been motivated by earning an extra income through selling vouchers to mothers in the villages. In addition, boda boda riders are sent by mothers to the health facilities for ARV refills which has strengthened HIV treatment support, adherence and retention.

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