Community Engagement in Maternal and Newborn Health in Eastern Indonesia
In Indonesia, high rates of maternal and child mortality can be attributed, in part at least, to a lack of access to medical facilities, especially in rural communities. In response, the Indonesian government developed a program to address the high rate of home births. A key element of the program involved drawing upon the contribution of community members to assist with facility-based births of pregnant women in their community. The success of the program was attributed to active participation from many groups, including community members, government officials and health-care workers who collaborated successfully to achieve a reduction in the maternal and infant mortality rates.
KeywordsCommunity Interventions Maternal/child health Collaboration
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