A multisectoral policy compendium for RMNCH


Publisher: The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
Publication date: 2014
Language: English only

The RMNCH Policy Compendium, released by the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) and the World Health Organization (WHO), highlights that it is essential to have core policies in place to improve the coverage and quality of RMNCH interventions.

The Compendium brings together for the first time key consensus-based policy recommendations and guidance to improve the delivery of proven interventions to women and children. The user-friendly format incorporates icons and tabs to present key health-related policies that support the delivery of essential RMNCH interventions. It also includes multisectoral policies on the economic, social, technological and environmental factors that influence health outcomes and service delivery.

It is designed for policy-makers and managers who are responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating RMNCH strategies, plans and programmes, as well as those from sectors outside of health, such as financing, education, energy and transport. The Compendium can also be used by a number of actors outside government who play an important role in delivering RMNCH services, including civil society organizations, professional associations and the private sector.

By prioritising both health-related and multisectoral policies, the Compendium provides the basis for an integrated approach to advocacy, policy dialogue and planning for RMNCH, within the health sector and across sectors that influence RMNCH. It is practical guide for identifying critical gaps in the RMNCH policy agenda and informing the response to these problems.

The Policy Compendium is a companion document to the Essential Interventions, Commodities and Guidelines for RMNCH. It is the result of collaborative work over the past year among many partner organizations, supported by the WHO and the PMNCH.