Maternal, Newborn & Child Health

Maternal & Newborn Care

Abt Associates’ approach to maternal and newborn health supports cost-effective interventions that are appropriate for low-resource settings. Our maternal and newborn health programs incorporate community involvement, evidence-based interventions, and improved quality of care and delivery of services. We work through the continuum of care, from pre-pregnancy to the post-partum period.
 
Abt’s work follows a multi-pronged approach to maternal and newborn health care and includes: 
  • Reproductive health and family planning (RH/FP);
  • Antenatal care (ANC) – including the prevention and treatment of malaria and treatment of nutritional deficiencies (focused ANC);
  • Safe delivery and use of skilled birth attendants;
  • Post-partum and newborn care, including post-partum counseling and birth spacing;
  • Treatment of complications, such as hemorrhage, hypertension, and infections;
  • PMTCT; and
  • Strengthening health systems. 
Article: Improved Childhood Diarrhea Treatment Practices in Ghana
From 2011 to 2015, a diarrhea management program in Ghana increased caregiver use of oral rehydration salts with zinc to treat diarrhea in children under five, from 0.8 percent to 29.2 percent, and reduced antibiotic use – a generally inappropriate for treatment of non-bloody diarrhea – from 66.2 percent to 38.2 percent.
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