This Horizons report from the Swaziland Ministry of Health and Social Welfare discusses findings from an intervention which aimed to reposition postnatal care within the context of a high HIV prevalence environment. The objectives were to determine if changes to the sexual and reproductive health guidelines on postnatal care would result in the timely and quality provision of key components of essential maternal and newborn care in the postnatal period, increase utilization of postnatal care services among all postpartum women, and improve the care and follow up of HIV-positive postpartum women and their infants. The study confirms that the introduction of an improved postnatal package with revised timing and content provides key components of maternal, newborn, and HIV care, and increases the utilization of services among postpartum women and their infants.
Warren, Charlotte E., Rachel Shongwe, Allen Waligo, Mohammed Mahdi, Goldy Mazia, and Indira Narayanan. 2008. "Repositioning postnatal care in a high HIV environment: Swaziland," Horizons Final Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.
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