Maternal and Newborn Health, Exploring Shared Solutions for Common Goals

first_imgPosted on February 10, 2012October 15, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)A recent post on Impatient Optimists by Gary Darmstadt and Vishwajeet Kumar addressed the question, “Can newborn health care help mothers, too?” They wrote about a recent study, Community-driven impact of a newborn-focused behavioral intervention on maternal health in Shivgarh, India, that aimed to assess the effect on maternal health outcomes of a community-based essential newborn care behavior change intervention.Maternal health programs often fail to integrate with programs for delivering care to children and then to measure the impact on both newborn and child health outcomes as well as maternal health outcomes. Similarly, child health programs often fail to integrate maternal health care into their plans.There is reason to be hopeful, however.In the Shivgarh community of Uttar Pradesh, India, the Gates Foundation supported a community-based program centered on promoting preventive newborn care by empowering families and communities. Though the program did not focus on maternal health, what we found was fascinating and pushed us to delve deeper into the connections between maternal and newborn/child health care.Read the full post here.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img

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