Maternal mortality has been a great concern in Ebonyi state, especially with the state having one of the highest rates in the country. There are many factors responsible for this and it has been discovered that delay in transporting women in labour to health facilities is one of the causes of maternal death.
Most pregnancy complications arise at odd hours and before they can be taken to a health center, the damage has already been done. It is against this backdrop that Integrated Health Program (IHP), a 5-year USAID-funded project introduced Emergency Transport Service (ETS), a program where volunteers (called ETS drivers) are chosen from different communities. These drivers are trained and charged with the responsibility of responding to distress calls from women in labour, and conveying these women to health facilities where they will receive services.