Differentiated MCH Services
While the World Health Organization has endorsed support of DSD models for pregnant and breastfeeding women, very few countries are actually implementing these models and there is little to no data on impact of DSD on outcomes for this key population. Programmatic experience highlights the need for taking an integrated lifecycle approach to offering women integrated family health services. Pregnancy and breastfeeding are events that can often disrupt a woman’s care-seeking behaviors and ultimately impact their success in ART and hinder successful completion of child follow-up visits. Recognizing these life events is important to ensure that services are supportive of these potential breaks in care rather than seen as barriers to care and successful treatment.
In response, CQUIN is launching a community of practice focused on integrated MCH services. The goal of this community of practice is to support the design and implementation of models of care that are supportive to women and their children, taking into account the various needs of women before, during, and after pregnancy.
CQUIN’s 2020 Workshop
At the end of October 2020, CQUIN will host multi-country discussions on differentiated MCH services and launch its differentiated MCH community of practice.
The workshop will cover the following:
- Overview of the gaps in MTCT (getting to the last mile), discussions on opportunities for integrated service delivery and promising practices and COVID-19 implications (ICAP/WHO/UNICEF or UNAIDS)
- Updates from each CQUIN country team
- Guided discussion by CQUIN/MCH Facilitator; will also include recipients of care in participation
- Summary /Call to action in preparation for the larger Differentiated MCH meeting in 2021.