All health programs need to consider four program elements to ensure effectiveness:
- Increasing knowledge and demand
- Improving access
- Ensuring quality services
- Developing a supportive policy and social environment
It is not essential that a program address all of these elements; however, if a situation analysis indicates significant barriers in any of these areas, it is important to consider how those barriers might best be addressed to ensure the success of the program. If the program itself does not have the resources to address the identified barriers, it might look for options to leverage other resources or to work with collaborators to address the gaps.
Key Resource for MNC Program Design:
CORE Group, 2004. Maternal and Newborn Standards and Indicators Compendium