Maternal, neonatal and child health in Pakistan: towards the MDGs by moving from desire to reality
AbstractOf the 10 million annual deaths of children below five years of age, four million are neonates. Pakistan's neonatal mortality rate of 54/1000 live births, which accounts for 57% of the under-five mortality, the contraceptive prevalence rate stagnating at 30%, the meagre number of deliveries assisted by skilled birth attendants [39%] and the low coverage of cost-effective child survival interventions hamper the achievement of Millennium Development Goals [MDGs] 4 and 5. The Government launched the national maternal, neonatal and child health programme in 2007 to promote access to evidence-based cost-effective interventions; strengthen district health system capacities; empower communities; expand the community midwives' cadre; and promote utilization of essential services. This paper reviews the implementation of the programme and the likelihood of attaining the MDG4 and 5 targets by 2015, and provides strategic directions for scaling-up programme implementation
Shadoul, A.F., Akhtar, F. & Bile, K.M. (2010). Maternal, neonatal and child health in Pakistan: towards the MDGs by moving from desire to reality. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/118020
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 16 (Supp.), 39-46, 2010
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