Report of the panel discussion
AbstractIn Africa, most of the causes of maternal, newborn and under-five deaths can be preventedwith the existing cost-effective interventions. However, ensuring universal access and utilizationof the key interventions remains a challenge. Mothers and children continue to die due to thetriple delays in seeking appropriate care, reaching the health facility and receiving theappropriate management at the facility.2. Lessons from maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) services show that communityempowerment, participation and ownership of community-based interventions are essential forincreasing utilization and access to services. This calls for the involvement of the community inthe planning, implementation and monitoring of community-based health services.3. Community-based interventions for increasing access to MNCH services are a majorcomponent of the “Road map for accelerating the attainment of the Millennium DevelopmentGoals related to maternal and newborn health”. The road map was adopted by ResolutionAFR/RC54/R9 as the regional strategy for reducing maternal and newborn morbidity andmortality. The regional child survival strategy was proposed by Resolution AFR/RC56/R/5.
Regional Committee for Africa, 57. (2011). Report of the panel discussion. https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/1832