Maternal and reproductive health

Family Planning in South-East Asia

Family Planning is central to securing good health and autonomy of women. Family planning allows individuals and couples to have the desired number of children and to plan the spacing of pregnancies. It is achieved through use of contraceptive methods and the treatment of infertility. A woman's ability to space and limit her pregnancies has a direct impact on her survival, health and well-being as well as on the outcome of each pregnancy. Family planning enables a woman to prevent unintended pregnancy, thus reduces the need for unsafe abortion. This document contains country-wise fact sheets on the current situation of family planning services in countries of the South-East Asia Region. It also addresses challenges and opportunities at national level in family planning programme. The available national level informational on contraceptive prevalence rate, unmet need, adolescent fertility and current efforts at national level, has been collated for each member country of South-East Asia Region.

Regional Meeting to strengthen capacity on maternal and perinatal death surveillance and response (MPDSR)

The Regional Meeting to Strengthen Capacity on Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response was held in Maldives on 16-18 February 2016, with a general objective to strengthen regional capacity to support country level actions for maternal and perinatal death surveillance and response (MPDSR) to prevent maternal and perinatal deaths. The draft global perinatal death review was introduced during this meeting.

Participant of this meeting were from the Ministry of Health from member states, representatives from partners, including UN and international partners, professional organisations, academic, WHO collaborating centres and WHO country office focal points. This regional meeting provided an opportunity for all SEA countries to develop a 5-year term plan, a 3-year term plan and a plan for 2016 for implementing and expanding MPDSR in each country.

Improving the Quality of Care for Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health in South-East Asia Region

A Regional Framework
The Regional Framework on improving quality of care for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) aims to position quality of care at the centre of universal health coverage and in post- 2015 development priorities and ensure quality of care receives the attention it deserves. The structured framework and assessment tools developed consensually to establish a quality improvement (QI) process with which the Member States could achieve the global standards of RMNCAH continuum at all levels of care and aims to achieve “effective coverage” in the Region and matches with the advocacy for concerted efforts to accelerate progress towards achievement of MDGs 4 and 5. This framework will be useful for partner agencies, professional associations and other national stakeholders.

Strategic framework for the Comprehensive Control of Cancer Cervix in South-East Asia

With the objective of supporting Member States to develop or strengthen their national cervical cancer control programmes – through the judicious use of primary prevention (human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination) and secondary prevention (cervical cancer screening) strategies, as well as strengthening treatment and palliative services – the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for South-East Asia has facilitated the development of this Strategic framework for the comprehensive control of cervical cancer in South-East Asia to reduce the burden of the disease in the Region.

The framework is based on a situational analysis of Member States in the South-East Asia Region regarding their preparedness and capacity to introduce new cervical cancer control measures. It has also taken into account emerging scientific evidence related to the new technologies and novel paradigms in cervical cancer screening, as well as the safety and efficacy of HPV vaccines.

Maternal death review

Study on the implementation of maternal death review in five countries in the South-East Asia Region of the World Health Organization

Mapping abortion policies

Mapping abortion policies, programmes and services in the South-East Asia Region

World Health Organization

Regional Office for South-East Asia
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