Author(s): Portela A, Santarelli C
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Abstract Based on the Health Promotion approach, the Making Pregnancy Safer initiative has proposed a strategic framework for working with individuals, families and communities to improve maternal and newborn health. The aims are to contribute to the empowerment of women, families and communities to increase their influence and control over maternal and newborn health, as well as to increase access to and utilization of quality skilled care. The framework has identified those strategies and interventions that target the factors known to contribute to health inequalities and poor maternal and newborn health. While empowerment is an aim of the framework, it is also considered a means. Emphasis is placed on the processes and the quality of the processes rather than just on the actions themselves. The authors in this paper would like to contribute to ongoing discussions about the 'how' of working with women, men, families and communities for improved maternal and newborn health.
This article was published in Br Med Bull
and referenced in Journal of Pregnancy and Child Health