Technical Assistance for Capacity Building in Midwifery Information and Logistics (TACMIL) Project
Banyan Global was a subcontractor to Abt Associates on the United States Agency for International Development-funded TACMIL project. The two-year project provided technical assistance to the public and private health sectors to improve health service delivery with a focus on maternal, reproductive, and child health. The effort addressed a principal focus of the government of Pakistan: to significantly reduce maternal and infant mortality rates by introducing a cadre of community-based midwives to the continuum of health care provision. Through the Community Midwife Program, women between the ages of 17 and 35 were recruited and trained as midwives to be based in their villages to provide safe antenatal, postnatal, and birthing services; reproductive health care; and family planning services to rural women. And each new community midwife is expected to establish a private birthing station in her village. Banyan Global also designed a business-training program to facilitate the transition from a student midwife to a private practitioner at the village level. Banyan Global built the capacity of local partners, including the government and the Midwifery Association of Pakistan, to offer the training to midwives. More than 900 community midwives received training by the end of the project.