Essential interventions: implementation strategies and proposed packages of care

Reprod Health. 2014;11 Suppl 1(Suppl 1):S5. doi: 10.1186/1742-4755-11-S1-S5. Epub 2014 Aug 21.


In an effort to accelerate progress towards achieving Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4 and 5, provision of essential reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) interventions is being considered. Not only should a state-of-the-art approach be taken for services delivered to the mother, neonate and to the child, but services must also be deployed across the household to hospital continuum of care approach and in the form of packages. The paper proposed several packages for improved maternal, newborn and child health that can be delivered across RMNCH continuum of care. These packages include: supportive care package for women to promote awareness related to healthy pre-pregnancy and pregnancy interventions; nutritional support package for mother to improve supplementation of essential nutrients and micronutrients; antenatal care package to detect, treat and manage infectious and noninfectious diseases and promote immunization; high risk care package to manage preeclampsia and eclampsia in pregnancy; childbirth package to promote support during labor and importance of skilled birth attendance during labor; essential newborn care package to support healthy newborn care practices; and child health care package to prevent and manage infections. This paper further discussed the implementation strategies for employing these interventions at scale.

MeSH terms

  • Breast Feeding
  • Child Health Services / methods*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Female
  • Health Plan Implementation / methods*
  • Humans
  • Immunization
  • Infant
  • Infant Care
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infections / therapy
  • Maternal Health Services / methods*
  • Maternal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
  • Maternal Welfare
  • Preconception Care / methods
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / prevention & control
  • Pregnancy Complications / therapy
  • Prenatal Care / methods