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:
- Improving access to MNCH services in rural Northern Nigeria requires a strategy that addresses all household and community level barriers simultaneously.
- 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.
- 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.