Focused Antenatal Care: A Better, Cheaper, Faster, Evidence-based Approach
This brief focuses on the following points:
- Traditionally, antenatal care (ANC) programs have mirrored those in developed countries. Too often, programs are poorly implemented and do little to promote the health of mothers and newborns.
- Until recently, many of the components of antenatal care had not been rigorously evaluated. Now the World Health Organization (WHO) has developed a focused ANC package that includes only counseling, examinations, and tests that serve immediate purposes and have proven health benefit.