Improving maternal, newborn and child health in the South-East Asia Region
AbstractThis publication provides an overview of the current maternal, newborn and under-five child health in the 11 Member States of the WHO South-East Asia Region. It also highlights some of the efforts currently under-way to improve the maternal and child health indicators in countries of the Region. While documenting the lessons learnt, the publication shows not only the rich diversity, but also the different challenges faced by Member countries, and the innovative ways to overcome them. Each of the country profiles is based on reports specifically on World Health Day 2005 with the theme of Maternal and Child Health and the slogan: Make Every Mother and Child Count. As is well recognized, making reproduction and childbirth safer, benefits not only women, but also newborns, children, families and ltimately the communities and nations. To enable women to contribute to national development and for children to achieve their full potential, the health of women and children and family-friendly policies must receive higher priority. Member countries have committed themselves to reach the Millennium Development Goals. These include targets not only for maternal and child health, but also for other critical areas including nutrition, communicable diseases, access to essential drugs and safe water and improved sanitation. Improving access to education and empowerment of women, are also necessary to improve maternal and child health. Intensified collaboration among partners and efficient use of resources is needed to realize these goals.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2005). Improving maternal, newborn and child health in the South-East Asia Region. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205324