In their paper Improving Maternal Health Practices in Four Countries: Insights and Lessons Learned, drawing on research supported by DFID in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, and South Sudan, BBC Media Action observe that:
"There is considerable scope for programming to help improve practices around antenatal care and birth preparedness. In all four countries the majority of women interviewed failed to attend the recommended four antenatal check-ups...." Improved practices might include increasing available knowledge, as well as discussion, around antenatal care and birth preparedness. Discussion can often influence uptake of these practices and is more effective when women and key decision-makers in families are included or women are sharing advice or experiences among peers.
Do you agree with that analysis? Does strategic and programming action around knowledge, discussion, in particular when women are engaged with their peers, raise the numbers of women attending four antenatal check-ups? Should more strategy and programming action focus on knowledge and discussion?
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