Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH)
What is MNH?
In essence, maternal and newborn health is about increasing survival rates after pregnancy and continuing 42 days after without any health issues. Moreover, it is about achieving this through proper safety and health practice for both newborn and mother. Ensuring that knowledge transfer about breast-feeding, immunizations and so forth is a top priority.
Program Overview
BHS works with the Royal Cambodian Government and NGO Partners to improve maternal and newborn health by strengthening the public health system in its provision of maternal and newborn care. This is especially relevant right now as facility births have increased dramatically in recent years from 10% of all births in 2001 to 54% in 2010. While The Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) reportedly has been stagnant at around 450 deaths/100,000 live births for many years, the Cambodia Demographic and Health Survey 2010 (CDHS) recently reported a MMR of 206/100,000 live births. This reflects, among other things, how the increase in facility births provides an opportunity to improve the care and within the health system address the main causes of maternal and newborn deaths. Our efforts focus both on the provision of maternal and newborn care for normal pregnancy (birth and post partum), and on emergency obstetric and newborn care (EmONC). The national program has a defined plan for EmONC expansion in the coming four years and BHS activities will aid in that.
Community-Based Health Health Informatics Hospital Improvement Program Maternal and Newborn Health Special Operating Agencies