Recent Blog Entries: Maternal & child health
This conference was a call to action for government and NGOs to tackle the barriers preventing adolescents from achieving optimal health.
Who says rural villages in Nepal can’t have great, love stories? And that I can’t write about them?
But, what if hospital-based deliveries are associated with lower rates of optimal breastfeeding practices? This is the situation in Son La. Through our needs and baseline assessments we interviewed over 400 women and found that – by some measurements – delivering in a district or provincial hospital was associated with less optimal breastfeeding practices.
Ethnic minority women in Vietnam have reported feeling sad and afraid delivering in health facilities without their husbands. A gender-sensitive approach to the promotion of health facility deliveries needs to account for this, which is why HealthBridge is conducting training on the importance of incorporating men into maternal healthcare service delivery.
Figuring out how old a child is harder than you might think, and treatment of age data requires special attention.
The other thing that was unsurprising, but resonated with me nonetheless, was that very few women chose to deliver their babies at health facilities. If they did go to a health facility for delivery, it was most likely because they experienced excessive, prolonged pain during labour. Women preferred home delivery for different reasons.
It got me thinking about how challenging it can be to access health services for those who live in a remote location, even without the added element of weather.
Addressing both the supply side (or availability and quality of services) and demand side (the decision and/or ability to access services) is what excites and motivates me about this MNCH project.
I was very inspired after this conversation and also somewhat humbled thinking that I would never have the same understanding as him of the barriers faced by families living in remote, rural areas. Nor would I have the same insights about how to overcome them.
We estimate that through the Pakur project 159 neonatal deaths and 7 maternal deaths were averted. If the program in Pakur was scaled up to reach all of India, each year there would be 770,000 neonatal deaths and 32,000 maternal deaths averted.