Institutionalizing community-focused maternal, newborn, and child health strategies to strengthen health systems: A new framework for the Sustainable Development Goal era

Publish Date: June 2017
Author: William T. Story, Karen LeBan, Laura C. Altobelli, Bette Gebrian, Jahangir Hossain, Judy Lewis, Melanie Morrow, Jennifer N. Nielsen, Alfonso Rosales, Marcie Rubardt, David Shanklin and Jennifer Weiss

Stronger health systems, with an emphasis on community-based primary health care, are required to help accelerate the pace of ending preventable maternal and child deaths as well as contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The success of the SDGs will require unprecedented coordination across sectors, including partnerships between public, private, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). To date, little attention has been paid to the distinct ways in which NGOs (both international and local) can partner with existing national government health systems to institutionalize community health strategies.

In this paper, a new conceptual framework is proposed, which depicts three primary pathways through which NGOs can contribute to the institutionalization of community-focused maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) strategies to strengthen health systems at the district, national or global level.

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