Other TitlesRegional expert group consultation 6-8 August 2013, New Delhi, India
AbstractPreconception care is a set of interventions that are to be provided before pregnancy, to promote the health and well-being of women and couples, as well as to improve the pregnancy and child-health outcomes. Adolescence is a natural extension of the pre-pregnancy phase of the life-course continuum. During adolescence, in addition to initiation of sexual behaviour, it is recognized that several health-risk behaviours related to noncommunicable diseases, substance use, injuries, etc. are also initiated and may have lifelong implications. This phase of human life offers an excellent opportunity to promote adoption of healthy behaviours, to ensure health during adolescence, adulthood and later life. Evidence-based interventions can be provided as a package in primary health-care settings during the periods of adolescence (for healthy transition to adulthood), pre-pregnancy and inter-pregnancy care, and could be offered to adolescents in an age-appropriate manner. A regional expert consultation was organized to review the evolving global and regional vision for preconception care, and to discuss the content of services for preconception care, to be delivered through "healthy transitions for adolescents" and "pre-pregnancy" care packages. This report presents the proceedings and recommendations from the Regional expert consultation, as well as the background knowledge on preconception care.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2014). Preconception care. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205637