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Natalie ContrerasFollow

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Public Health

Anticipated Graduation Year

2021

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Abstract

Community-based primary healthcare and engaging with communities can lead to the improvement of maternal, neonatal, and child health. Community-based primary healthcare focuses on prevention and primary care services within a community and is an important component of the health system in many countries. Providing an effective and comfortable community-based service to mothers and infants can be challenging in various settings. In this study, we discuss the effectiveness of services and discuss recommendations to improve community-based primary health centers and their services for maternal, neonatal, and child health. All reviewed studies were conducted in various regions, used different methods, and generally yielded positive results in improvement and acceptance. Some of the key barriers include poor confidentiality, lack of professional training, and a lack of health promotion in regards to maternal, neonatal, and child health. However, it also shows room for improvement when it comes to training community health workers. Such improvements are critical for community-based primary health centers to ameliorate maternal, neonatal, and child health on the local level.

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Community-based primary healthcare: A tool to improve maternal, neonatal, and child health

Community-based primary healthcare and engaging with communities can lead to the improvement of maternal, neonatal, and child health. Community-based primary healthcare focuses on prevention and primary care services within a community and is an important component of the health system in many countries. Providing an effective and comfortable community-based service to mothers and infants can be challenging in various settings. In this study, we discuss the effectiveness of services and discuss recommendations to improve community-based primary health centers and their services for maternal, neonatal, and child health. All reviewed studies were conducted in various regions, used different methods, and generally yielded positive results in improvement and acceptance. Some of the key barriers include poor confidentiality, lack of professional training, and a lack of health promotion in regards to maternal, neonatal, and child health. However, it also shows room for improvement when it comes to training community health workers. Such improvements are critical for community-based primary health centers to ameliorate maternal, neonatal, and child health on the local level.