Evaluation Report of Mother and Child Weeks
Evaluation of the Mother and Child Health Week (MCW) strategy which aims to help the Government to deliver maternal and child health services to communities’ doorsteps.
• The evaluation’s qualitative findings reveal that the MCW Strategy was devised to assist the Government and provincial/regional health departments to effectively utilize existing public 16 health networks, with a focus on improved, cost-effective and accessible health care services at the grassroots level for mothers and children, as outlined in health policies and plans.
• The qualitative findings highlight the alignment of the MCW initiative with health priorities defined at different levels, including within the framework of the international Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Pakistan’s National Health Vision and all provincial/regional health policies.
• The qualitative findings affirm that the MCW Strategy is highly relevant to national and provincial/regional health strategies and plans, in terms of achieving improved MNCH services.
• The qualitative data found that the provision of high priority MNCH interventions through the MCW Strategy helped to reduce the maternal mortality ratio (MMR), the infant mortality rate (IMR) and under-five mortality and morbidity in Pakistan.
• The qualitative data show that health managers and service providers are in agreement about how relevant MCW activities are to national and provincial/regional health priorities related to addressing community health needs and improving services, particularly for mothers and children.