The postnatal period is a critical phase in the lives of mothers and newborn babies. Most maternal and infant deaths occur during this time, yet this is the most neglected period for the coverage and provision of quality care. The building blocks of the WHO health systems model were applied in describing the status and health system structures that support the provision of postpartum and postnatal care (PNC) services in Kenya. Many opportunities exist for facilitating the delivery of the Population Council’s Progesterone Contraceptive Vaginal Rings (PCVR) within PNC services in Kenya, such as integration with other primary health care components. Given that about 60 percent of neonatal deaths occur within the first week following childbirth, this means that a substantial proportion of newborns and their mothers do not receive quality PNC. Additionally, inadequate financial resources are allocated to reproductive health activities. This report concludes that available PNC packages provide useful entry points not only for integrating the PCVR but also for making it accessible and available in nearly all maternal and newborn points of contact with postnatal clients.
Liambila, Wilson, Saumya RamaRao, and Heather Clark. 2015. "Delivering contraceptive vaginal rings: Review of postpartum service packages in Kenya." Nairobi: Population Council.
Delivering Contraceptive Vaginal Rings; The Progesterone Contraceptive Vaginal Ring: Expanding Contraceptive Options in Africa