This document contains reports on three activities undertaken by the Pilot Health Project (PHP) in order to upgrade antenatal and postpartum services for Palestinian women. Specifically, it includes results of a survey and a comprehensive assessment of the antenatal and postpartum care services, including family planning, that are currently provided at the project clinics. The findings show that the shortage of care provided to women during the perinatal period could be partially overcome by conducting home visits to provide information on many reproductive health issues, to help women and their families make decisions regarding their future fertility, and to provide proper assessment of the woman and the newborn's health conditions. This would help promote spacing between births and reduce the high level of unmet need that was demonstrated in the current study. It would also reduce cases of unplanned pregnancy. Based on the findings of this study, the report makes a number of recommendations for programmatic actions.
Health, Development, Information and Policy Institute. 2002. "Institutional support for a program of activities within the pilot health project in the West Bank and Gaza," FRONTIERS Final Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.
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