Mothers with their children in Nepal. © 2013 Valerie Caldas/ Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs, Courtesy of Photoshare
This spring, between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, K4Health will be shining a spotlight on the integration of family planning with maternal, newborn, and child health services. On our new page on this topic and via our blog, we’ll highlight diverse perspectives and ideas, innovative models for integration, practical tools for implementation, the latest evidence on what works, and much more.
Let’s be honest—integration of family planning into maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH) services is a very broad topic. There are so many points at which clients seeking MNCH services intersect with health care providers who could also discuss family planning. These opportunities include antenatal care, labor and delivery, postpartum care, immunization visits, other infant and child wellness visits, and adolescent care.
Yes, Adolescent Care.
Even though there is no “A” in MNCH, acknowledging the need for adolescents to have access to youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health information and services is crucial. The World Health Organization (WHO) cites that about 16 million girls ages 15 to 19, and some 1 million girls younger than 15, give birth every year. Most adolescent pregnancies occur in low- and middle-income countries.