Implementation of community-based health intervention programs targeting the at-risk and underserved populations can lead to significant improvements in Maternal & Child Health outcomes. – VoICE
Key Concept

Key Evidence: Through use of local Maternal Child Health (MCH) incentives, along with the use of locally appointed Health Activists, India’s National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) multiple-strategy community intervention program was able to achieve household level improvements reflected as an increase in all of the following indicators for women and children over the 7 year program:
– the proportion of pregnant women having 3 or more ante-natal check-ups (from 43% to 74.5%)
– those receiving at least one Tetanus Toxoid injection (from 83.5% to 93.6%)
– institutional deliveries (from 35.7% to 77%)
– post-natal check-ups within 2 weeks of delivery (from 49% to 67.2%) and
– children who received ORS for diarrhea from (32.3% to 44.8%).

Gupta M, Angeli F, Bosma H, et al. 2016. Effectiveness of Multiple-Strategy Community Intervention in Reducing Geographical, Socioeconomic and Gender Based Inequalities in Maternal and Child Health Outcomes in Haryana, India.. PLoS. 11(3).
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Key Evidence: Mothers who had skilled birth attendance and post-natal care were approximately 6 times were likely to have fully immunized children.

Anichukwu OI and Asamoah BO 2019. The impact of maternal health care utilisation on routine immunisation. BMJ Open. 9(6).
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