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.

 

Length: 
2 p
Year: 
2005
Organization: 
INFO Project at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs
Languages: 
English