Many innovations are being tested around the world to decrease the cost of providing maternal and child health (MCH) services while increasing access to essential information and care. As I read about the innovative approaches described in Soma Ghoshal’s blog post, I couldn’t help but reflect on how vastly technology has improved my own access to MCH information and services as a new mother here in the U.S. These solutions promise to deliver knowledge and care to mothers in need in developing countries. Knowing how many mothers in the U.S., particularly in inner cities and rural areas, also lack access to prenatal, postpartum, and well-child information and services, I hope that creative, evidence-based approaches such as these take hold not only in developing countries but also here in the U.S.
This blog post was written by Soma Ghoshal of the Center for Health Market Innovations.
In its newly published Highlights 2012, the Center for Health Market Innovations (CHMI) identifies a number of new trends in solutions that aim to improve the quality, affordability and accessibility of healthcare for the poorest and most vulnerable. These new approaches are being pioneered by social enterprises, nonprofits and governments to better organize, finance, and regulate the delivery of private-sector healthcare.
CHMI focuses on maternal and child health as many private organizations are utilizing innovative approaches to improve maternal and child health outcomes. As the Millennium Development Goals deadline looms, maternal mortality rates still overwhelm many developing countries. Many organizations are combating maternal and child mortality rates, however, through the implementation of new technologies and practicing emerging business models.