Community interventions to improve access to maternal, newborn and child health services. PRRINN-MNCH

Authors: Health Partners International
Document Type: Policy and technical briefs
Publication Date: 2013

This is the first of five technical briefs on the theme of community engagement, that draw on the results and lessons learned from the PRRINN-MNCH programme. This particular brief focuses on community interventions to improve access to maternal, newborn and child health services. The key messages are:

  1. Improving access to MNCH services in rural Northern Nigeria requires a strategy that addresses all household and community level barriers simultaneously.
  2. PRRINN-MNCH and its partners scaled up community MNCH interventions to an estimated population of 4.3 million in four years. ‘Scalability’ was an important consideration from the outset.
  3. Restructuring of the health sector so that primary health care is ‘under one roof’ will help to ensure a properly resourced institutional home for community MNCH activities.


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Tags: Nigeria, Community-led systems, Routine immunisation, Routine immunization, Newborn health, Maternal health, Community engagement, Child health, Demand for health services, Access to health services, Behaviour change, Health sector reform, MNCH, Health systems strengthening, PRRINN,
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