Essential Interventions Across the Continuum of Care
The “Continuum of Care” for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) includes integrated service delivery for mothers and children from pre-pregnancy to delivery, the immediate postnatal period, and childhood. Such care is provided to families and communities, through outpatient services, clinics and other health facilities. The Continuum of Care recognizes that safe childbirth is critical to the health of both the woman and the newborn child—and that a healthy start in life is an essential step towards a sound childhood and a productive life.
What are the dimensions and importance of the Continuum of Care?
- The first dimension of the Continuum of Care is time – from pre-pregnancy, through pregnancy, childbirth, and the early days and years of life
- The second dimension of the Continuum of Care is place – linking the various levels of home, community, and health facilities
- Linking interventions in this way is important because it can reduce costs by allowing greater efficiency, increase uptake and provide opportunities for promoting related healthcare elements (e.g. postpartum/postnatal and newborn care).