Maternal Child Health
Course Community Health
For this assignment, you will be using the material we have covered regarding Maternal, Infant, and Children. Also, you need to think of how the material applies to your community.
1. Provide at least 3 reasons why Maternal, Infant, and Child health is important to a community. How does a community benefit if the health of the Maternal, Infant, and Child Health is strong? Please use data and specific facts, rather than ‘I think/I feel’.
2. How is the United States doing with health outcomes related to Maternal, Infant, and Child health? Provide specific data for each category. Compare the US rates with at least 2 other countries.
3. What has surprised you from the material in this chapter/week?
How will you know if you have successfully completed this assignment?
1. You will have provided 3 reasons why Maternal, Infant, and Child health is important to a community.
2. You will have provided data regarding the US health outcomes for Maternal, Infant, and Child health. You will have compared the data with at least 2 other countries.
3. You will have stated specific points from the material that were surprising to you. ( For me, Information on Black women is four times more likely than white women to die from pregnancy and it complications. And the alarming disparities in receipts of care by race and ethnicity)
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Maternal, Infant, and Child health is important to the community because:
poor maternal, infant, and child health remains the major concern of mostly the developing countries. As there are more than half a million deaths of women worldwide related to pregnancy.
nearly 4 million children die in infants up to the age of 28 days according to UNICEF. Millions suffer from diseases, deficiencies, infections, and injuries.
Good maternal health and nutrition are important contributors to child survival. There is major health risks to the mother which can be identified during the time of pregnancy and can be prevented from getting the same in the future eg. Hypertension, heart diseases, depression, STDs, Genetic conditions, etc.
By the time of pregnancy if the health of the mother is taken care of, so does the child is safe from diseases minor and fatal. Focusing on antenatal care can serve to improve maternal and neonates outcomes, including prevention and treatment of malaria in pregnancy and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of Human Immuno Virus (HIV)
Maternal, Infant and Child Health has a great benefit on the community-
According to UNICEF(2009) Enhancing maternal nutrition will also bring benefits for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal, which seeks to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger by 2015.
Improved maternal, infant, and child health makes monetary benefits and benefits individuals, families, communities, and society. For eg. households with healthier and better-nourished mothers and children spend less on healthcare.
Children are the future of any country, hence the health of Children/ infants is the health of the Future of that country. If the Mother is healthy, strong; the child will be strong and healthy and will be the community, the future.
According to Victoria, et al. 2008 When people are healthy and well-nourished, they tend to spend less on healthcare. However, the benefits of good health transcend costs; they also generate huge Why invest in maternal, newborn, and child health? economic returns, because healthy people can work more productively and apply the skills they have learned through training.
The US being a developed country is not doing best as a developed country in the sphere of maternal, infant, and child health because it ranks 61st in the category of maternal health whereas the infant mortality rate is also very high. 1 in 1800 women has a risk of dying during pregnancy as compared to a much lower rate in Poland. Norway, Finland, Iceland, and Denmark ranked highest in the case of providing the best maternal care.
when we compare the US to Finland or Germany, the mortality rates are 2.3 and 3.4 as compared to 6.1 of the US in the 2010 survey. This is very very high when we are considering a developed nation such as the US.
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