The top causes of, and treatments for, child and maternal mortality are well documented. The urgent challenge related to this issue is developing effective delivery mechanisms to prevent avoidable deaths. The mortality rates of mothers and children under five in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are among the highest in the world.
The Social Enterprise Platform for Child Survival and Maternal Health is centered on a unique market-based approach where mothers play a leading role in improving conditions for their families and communities. This social enterprise model will be launched in South Kivu, DRC, and will be scaled nationally via a franchise model. The model will be replicable and may be used in other settings to reduce child mortality or to complement other social enterprise initiatives.
Over the next two years, a pilot program will be launched to establish three "Social Enterprise Zones" (SEZs) in South Kivu to provide residents with access to targeted interventions known to have a dramatic effect on maternal and child health. A SEZ is an economic hub centered in one large village, surrounded by 10-15 smaller satellite villages. Each zone will contain three social enterprises working in one of the following sectors: nutrition, clean water, or healthcare. This program is intended to create a well-tested, scalable, enterprise zone model designed so that local entrepreneurs can be profitable in low-resource settings.
|Location||Congo, The Democratic Republic of, Central Africa|
|Value||USD 3.5 Million|