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The reduction of maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity, critical to the reduction of poverty and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) presents a special challenge in Pakistan. According to the World Health Report 2005; Pakistan’s maternal and child health indicators are among the worst in South Asia, indeed in the world. Maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity constitute a high proportion of the burden of ill-health in Pakistan, despite the Government of Pakistan (GoP) targeting improvements in maternal and child health over the last 15 years. In response to this critical situation, the GoP Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Programme is making major efforts to significantly improve maternal, newborn and child health in line with the targets set by the MDGs.
Meeting the MDGs 4 and 5 targets in Pakistan is likely, only if investment in service delivery is accompanied by relevant policy reforms and practice changes.
Maternal and Newborn Health Programme – Research and Advocacy Fund (RAF) is a key component of the Department for International Development (DFID) and Australian Agency for International Development’s (AusAID) support to the National Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Programme in its efforts to achieve MDG targets in relation to maternal and newborn health in Pakistan. Managed by a consortium led by the British Council with its partners IPACT at the University of Aberdeen; Social Development Direct and RIZ Consulting, RAF is an important and timely initiative towards generating original research-based evidence that shall contribute to the formation of relevant and requisite policies in the field of maternal and newborn health.
This document is an output from a project funded by the UK department for International Development (DFID) and Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) for the benefit of developing countries. The views expressed are not necessarily those of DFID/AusAID.