continuum of quality care south asia working paper


Continuum of care has recently been highlighted by the Partnership for Maternal and Neo-Natal and Child Health (PMNCH) and UNICEF as a core principle of programmes for reproductive, maternal, adolescent, newborn, and child health. This modality of care is necessary throughout one’s lifecycle – adolescence, preconception, pregnancy, childbirth, the postnatal period, and childhood – regardless of location. Care can be given in households and communities, through outpatient and outreach services, and public health institutions. Continuum of care also accounts for the need to address the impact of long distances and travelling time from one point of service to another, financial constraints, poor communication and transport, links and low-quality care in health facilities.

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Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women