When you are looking to improve health outcomes at country level, you need to work strategically to maximize health outcomes. From an epidemiological perspective, we know which diseases are responsible of most death of children, neonates and mothers. We then need to look into interventions that will effectively address those specific causes of death. This is something the users of the MBB tool are familiar with since a long time.
A recently released policy brief by Agha Khan university jointly published with WHO and PMNCH provides an important overview of which intervention works for whom. It also provides information on additional resources for each intervention. It is for me a long awaited resource and I was planning to do it myself but didn’t find the time to do it so far J.
- Black, R.E., Morris, S.S., & Bryce, J. 2003. Where and why are 10 million children dying every year? Lancet, 361, (9376) 2226-2234 html
- Khan, K.S., Wojdyla, D., Say, L., Gulmezoglu, A.M., & Van Look, P.F. 2006. WHO analysis of causes of maternal death: a systematic review. Lancet, 367, (9516) 1066-1074 html
- Essential Interventions, Commodities and Guidelines for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health – A global review of the key interventions related to reproductive, maternal, newborn and child Health – PMNCH, WHO and Aga Khan University, December 2011 html