Community‐based maternal and newborn interventions in Africa: Systematic review
This review analysed the implementation and integration into healthcare systems of maternal and newborn healthcare interventions in Africa that include community health workers to reduce maternal and newborn deaths. Most neonatal deaths (99%) occur in low- and middle-income countries, with approximately half happening at home. In resource-constrained settings, community-based maternal and newborn care is regarded as a sound programme for improving newborn survival. Health workers can play an important role in supporting families to adopt sound health practices, encourage delivery in healthcare facilities and ensure timeous referral. Maternal and newborn mortality is a major public health problem, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, where the Millennium Development Goals 4, 5 and 6 were not achieved at the end of 2015. The systematic review highlight the importance of thoroughly planning before any programme implementation, and ensuring that measures are in place to enable continuity of services.
Rautenberg, T. Kay Ng, S. George, G. Moosa, M. McCluskey, S. Gilbert, R. Pillay, S. Aturinda, I. Ard, K. Muyindike, W. Musinguzi, N. Masette, G. Pillay, M. Moodley, P. Brijkumar, J. Gandhi, R. Johnson, B. Sunpath, H. Bwana, M. Marconi, V. Siedner, M