Join our Community of Practice
Who are we?
Welcome to the Care-Seeking & Referral for maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) Community of Practice (CoP).
We're a worldwide community who share one fundamental goal:
To advance care-seeking and referral practices for mothers, newborns, and children in developing countries.
By joining us, you will become part of a vibrant and passionate online community. We aim to bring you monthly webinars, opportunities for exchange and technical assistance, and a platform for members to discuss latest evidence and practices with leading experts.
Why is care seeking & referral important?
Women and their families need to know when, how, and where to seek:
- Appropriate treatment
- A normal delivery
- Care for life-threatening conditions.
When these life threatening conditions can be identified in advance, referral is routine. But too often, an emergency arises for mother or baby requiring urgent care and emergency transport.
If MNCH outcomes are to be improved, it is vital the following are in place.
- Functioning referral systems
- Continuity of care–from household to health facility
- If necessary, continuity of care between facilities and back
Ultimately, appropriate care-seeking, functional referrals, and continuity of care contribute to effective coverage. This is defined as receipt of necessary MNCH preventive and curative services that are timely and of sufficient quality to achieve health impact.