The National Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) Strategy 2017−2021 of the Ministry of Public Health, is the combination of revised Reproductive Health, and Child and Adolescent Health strategies. It gives detailed direction for the area of RMNCAH for the next five years.
The strategy has been developed within the framework of the National Health Strategy 2016–2020. It has seven strategic areas: Maternal Health, Newborn Care in Health Facilities, Birth Spacing and Family Planning, Child Health, Adolescent Health, Reproductive Morbidity, and Cross-Cutting and Enabling Strategic Approaches. Implementation Factors and Monitoring the Strategy’s Progress are complementary areas.
The role of the RMNCAH Directorate is accurately defined in this national strategy as one of stewardship. The principal activities of the Directorate should be motivating, advocating, guiding, linking, setting standards, monitoring, and collaborating with its partners. The Ministry considers this to be the most effective and efficient and least costly way for Afghanistan to achieve its goals with regard to reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health.
This strategy will guide the Ministry of Public Health in developing a costed implementation plan to address the RMNCAH needs of the country. It will also guide the implementing agencies, the private sector, and other partners in aligning their activities with the interventions of this strategy and their implementation.
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