As suggested by the ground-breaking 1978 Alma-Ata Declaration, integrating maternal, newborn and child health services into primary health care can be an effective strategy for reducing health inequities—particularly socioeconomic and geographic disparities—by delivering care at the community level.
World Water Day is a reminder to the public health community that more than 600 million people around the globe do not have a safe water source nearby. Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) play a crucial role in improving maternal health outcomes during pregnancy, delivery and postpartum.
While lack of access to health care has certainly contributed to maternal and infant death in the Black community, it doesn’t account for the extreme racial disparities seen in pregnancy-related outcomes. A growing body of evidence indicates that social, economic and psychological factors play a role as well.