Early Initiation of Community-based Programmes in Nepal: A Historic Reflection
Community-based programmes have long been an integral part of Nepalâ€™s health sector strategy and has contributed to the progress seen in maternal and child health. This paper reviews three early community-based programmes - the acute respiratory infection programme and its evolution to the fully scaled-up community-based integrated management of childhood illness programme, the national vitamin A programme and the female community health volunteer programme - and how the Government of Nepal rapidly accepted them to address pressing maternal and child health issues in an evidence-informed manner, moving rapidly from research to feasibility studies, to implementation and scale-up.Keywords: ARI programme; community-based integrated management of childhood illness; female community health volunteers; national vitamin A programme; Nepal
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