This operations research study aimed to develop and test a job aid to provide comprehensive care to mothers and children during the first year postpartum; to train physicians, nurses, auxiliary nurses, and social workers in its use; and to develop and test strategies and materials for training community health agents to promote services for new mothers during the first year postpartum. It also collected data to establish if these strategies were effective in improving the quality and comprehensiveness of the care received by mothers and children less than one year of age. Drawing from exit interviews, the intervention appeared to be successful, increasing the likelihood that women receive preventive services when they attend health facilities. However, there were no significant changes in the amount of actual information provided to women, the quality of the services received by each mother at health facilities, service providers’ knowledge about danger signs, or preventive behaviors recommended by service providers. The report lists several factors that may account for these results.
Jacobs, Erika, Carlos Brambila, and Ricardo Vernon. 2002. "Reproductive health care in the postnatal period in Guatemala," FRONTIERS Final Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.
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