Background: Maternal and child mortality is still a problem not only in Zambia but in many other countries across the world. The high levels of
Maternal and Child mortality are a serious problem, especially among African countries. This has led to the prioritization of maternal and child
healthcare in many countries. Programs to improve the health of mothers and children have been implemented in all countries of the world.
In Zambia, there been an Increase in Antenatal Care, Postnatal care, antiretroviral therapy for HIV infected pregnant women and vitamin A
supplementation. Programs such as the child, health week was introduced as interventions against maternal and child mortality.
Objective: This study will determine the knowledge and attitudes of women towards maternal and child healthcare programs.
Method and setting: A cross section study was employed in the study. The study targeted woman of Twapia area in Ndola, with at least a child
were interviewed in their households through a structure questionnaire.
Data analysis: An Excel spreadsheet was used for data capturing. Percentages and numbers were used to interpret data. Computed data will be
entered using Epi-data version 3.1. The data will be analyzed using Spss and Excel.
Benefits of the study: The results highlighted gaps within maternal and child healthcare. The results of the study were used to formulate
strategies to advance maternal and child healthcare in Zambia. The study also helped to establish the importance of women participation in the
development of maternal and child health.
Results: The study involved 374 women from within Twapia. 236 (63%) of participants were between the ages of 26–35 year while 138 (37%) of
the participants were between the ages of 18–25 years. About 363 (97%) of the participants were married and 4 (1%) of were single while 7 (2%)
of the participants were widows. A total of 146 (39%) participants attended primary school, 75 (20%) went up to secondary school level, only 4
(1%) went as far as tertiary level and the rest, 148 (40%) did not have any formal education. About 292 (78%) of the participants were unemployed
and the rest, 82(22%) had some form of employment. 288(76,9%) of the participants had good knowledge regarding maternal and child health
programs while 86(23.1%) had poor or bad knowledge. 350(93.8%) had good attitude towards maternal and child health programs among and
23(6.2%) had poor or bad attitude towards maternal and child health programs. 232(61.9%) of the participants had good participation in maternal
and child health programs among and 142(38.1%) had poor or bad participation in maternal and child health programs.
Conclusion: The main aim of the study was to evaluate the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Participation in Maternal, and Child Health programs among
women in Twapia, Ndola District, Zambia. The Findings of the study indicated that more than three quarters of the participants had good knowledge
regarding maternal and child health programs. The study also found that the majority had good attitude towards maternal and child health
programs. Another finding from the study was that more than half of the participants had good participation in maternal and child health programs.
The study also revealed that there a significant association between the socio-demographic characteristics of participants and knowledge on
antenatal care services. Also the participation and knowledge on antenatal care services had a significant association.