Support reproductive, maternal, new-born, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) and platforms for integrated service delivery

Support reproductive, maternal, new-born, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) and platforms for integrated service delivery

Investments in RSSH and the three diseases should support integrated service delivery by ensuring linkages between health and community systems, supporting wider social protection systems and by improving the overall accessibility, acceptability, quality, efficiency, coverage, uptake and sustainability of RMNCAH services. This should include:

  1. Developing a supportive policy and programmatic environment: to enable the delivery of packages of integrated services.
  2. Strengthening service organisation and facility management: Building capacity to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of organisational management systems for integrated service delivery.
  3. Strengthening laboratory systems: As an essential and fundamental component of any strong and effective health system. Carrying out a capacity assessment to integrate diagnostic services for different diseases within the same facility helps avoid duplication of investments in infrastructure and laboratory supporting systems, such as specimen transport, supply chain management and information systems. This can include:
    • Development of integrated laboratory networks and service delivery.
    • Human resources for laboratory support.
    • Improving laboratory infrastructure.
    • Integrated procurement and supply chain management for laboratories.
    • Equipment management systems.
    • Integrated quality management systems.
    • Laboratory management information systems.
  4. Improving service delivery infrastructure: Providing necessary operational or recurrent inputs that are essential for uninterrupted delivery of integrated services, such as consumables and utility-related costs, or scaling up service delivery infrastructure, including facilities, equipment, furniture, vehicles, etc.

For more information on RMNCAH go to WHO A Policy Guide for Implementing Essential Interventions for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH)