Reaching the Youngest Mothers to Save Lives
In Madagascar, Nigeria and Mozambique the Maternal and Child Survival Program has been testing approaches designed to connect first time / young parents (FT/YPs) to health services.
Key lessons from these studies include:
- Applying an approach that engages key influencers of young parents (particularly mothers and mothers-in-law) in addition to engaging FT/YPs directly.
- Ensuring these individuals with significant influence over FT/YPs have accurate information about safe delivery, postnatal care (including postpartum FP for healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy), and newborn care – while challenging attitudes and social norms that stigmatize FT/YPs.
- Implementing an approach that also engages young fathers, addressing gender norms, building capacity for couple communication, and encouraging positive male involvement in postpartum FP and parenting.
- Strengthening health system capacity to provide services that are friendly and attractive to adolescents and young people.
- Using messaging to emphasize the benefits of health service use, particularly the reduction of risk to both mother and baby.
Source: Maternal and Child Survival Program, USAID
Date of Publication: June 11, 2020
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- Community Communication MNCH e-Manual: Participatory Health Promotion Sessions
- Evidence to Action (E2A) Project's First-Time Parent Framework
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- REAL Fathers Initiative
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- Improving Health and Gender Outcomes for First-Time Parents in Cross River State, Nigeria
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