Postpartum family planning integration with maternal, newborn and child health services: a cross-sectional analysis of client flow patterns in India and Kenya

This MCSP co-authored article – published in BMJ Open journal – illuminates the degree of maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) – family planning integration, as well as associations between integration, client characteristics, and service delivery factors in facilities that received programmatic postpartum family planning support. Findings suggest importance of focused programmatic support for integration by MNCH service area. Family […]

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Limits of “ Skills And Drills ” Interventions to Improving Obstetric and Newborn Emergency Response: What More Do We Need to Learn?

This article, published in the journal Global Health: Science and Practice, examines a “skills and drills” intervention in four hospitals in Karnataka, India. Results show modest improvement in provider knowledge and skills, but not in actual response to obstetric and newborn emergencies. The author explores possible explanations, which include: 1) the need for a more […]

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Case Studies of Large-Scale Community Health Worker Programs

This overview of large-scale community health worker (CHW) programs from 13 countries — Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe — aims to inform policymakers and program implementers in designing, implementing, scaling up, and strengthening large-scale CHW programs. CHW programs, by their very nature, are a product of the local […]

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The three waves in implementation of facility-based kangaroo mother care: a multi-country case study from Asia

This case study examines the institutionalization processes of facility-based kangaroo mother care (KMC) services in three Asian countries (India, Indonesia and the Philippines) as well as the reasons for the slow uptake of KMC in these countries. This paper illustrates the complexities of implementing a new healthcare intervention. Although preterm care is currently in the […]

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Missed opportunities for family planning: an analysis of pregnancy risk and contraceptive method use among postpartum women in 21 low- and middle-income countries

This open access, MCSP co-authored article in the journal Contraception analyzes data from recent Demographic and Health Surveys conducted in 21 low- and middle-income countries to examine patterns of interpregnancy intervals, unmet need, pregnancy risk, and family planning method use and method mix among women 0–23 months postpartum. The countries reviewed were: Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, […]

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