The tenth anniversary of the World Health Organisation's'Safe Motherhood'initiative is being celebrated this year and the organisation is using the opportunity to assess critically its gains, its strengths and its weaknesses.
South Africa has taken some bold steps to address maternal health services, specifically introducing free health care for pregnant women and children under 5. In this paper we explore what further steps are necessary to ensure improved health outcome for pregnant women.
South African health care administrations are, in some cases, engaged in broad health systems interventions at provincial level.
This approach to improving health services is nonetheless frustrated by programme-specific initiatives, such as the introduction of female condoms or other piecemeal additions.
We argue that making the systems function is the essential, primary step in the success of any intervention.
The case of maternal health is explored in this paper.
Mots-clés Pascal : Santé, Mère, Homme, Programme sanitaire, Epidémiologie, République Sud Africaine, Afrique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health, Mother, Human, Sanitary program, Epidemiology, South Africa, Africa
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0336487
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 27/11/1998.