Maternal and Newborn Health

Improving the well-being of mothers and newborns in an important mandate for the Afghan ministry of health. The Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH) department is a main technical arm of the Reproductive Health Directorate (RHD) engaged with a wide range of interventions around women’s health starting from preconception up till late newborn period; the first 28 days of life. The goal of this unit is to assure best quality, high impact and evidence based maternal and newborn health care services are delivered to women and their babies. And; to improve the health behavior and health system indictors that affect the quality of care for women and newborns.

This department follows the global goals in regard with MNH issues and promotes the continuum of care approach, as a core principle and schema for MNH service delivery to ensure the mothers and babies are in the best possible health prior, during and after delivery.

The MNH department develops evidence-based national and sub-national standards, packages, guidelines and protocols on maternal and neonatal health issues to assist health care providers in their day to day endeavor, and follows this activity through launch forums, , technical workings group meetings, events , symposiums and taskforces.

In order to obtain the optimal health care outcomes; and improve individuals’, families’ and community’s satisfaction and utilization of maternal and newborn services this department coordinates the MNH services with relevant departments of ministry of health and implementer organizations.