Policy Goal 1

Promote health of women and their partners to enter pregnancy in optimal health, and to maintain it throughout the life course.


  • Ensure that women of childbearing age and their partners receive a comprehensive package of pre-conception care.
  • Address specific reproductive health issues of women and their partners throughout the life course.
  • Address the reproductive health issues of women with special needs.
  • Integrate relevant STD and HIV/AIDS services to MCH program.
  • Strengthen partnership with other stakeholders who provide care for women.

Policy Goal 2

Ensure a safe outcome for both mother and newborn through provision of quality care during pregnancy, delivery and post partum period


  • Ensure quality maternal care (antenatal, intra-natal and postpartum) through appropriate systems and mechanisms in field and institutional settings
  • Maintain optimal nutritional status of pregnant and post partum women.
  • Ensure availability and accessibility of Emergency Obstetric Care facilities and an appropriate referral system.
  • Enhance maternal and newborn services for vulnerable families and in emergency situation.
  • Strengthen the surveillance system for maternal morbidity and mortality.

Policy Goal 3

a4Ensure reduction of perinatal and neonatal morbidity and mortality through provision of quality care


  • Institute evidence-based practices in newborn care in field and institutional settings.
  • Ensure availability and accessibility to basic and advanced newborn care facilities
  • Protect, promote and support breastfeeding practices with special emphasis in delivery settings.
  • Strengthen the surveillance for perinatal and neonatal morbidity and mortality

Policy Goal 4

a5Enable all children under five years of age to survive and reach their full potential for growth and development through provision of optimal care.


  • Ensure the provision of quality child care services at both field and institutional settings.
  • Maintain optimal nutritional status by implementing evidence based interventions; specifically ensuring exclusive breastfeeding for 6 completed months, followed by appropriate complementary feeding together with continuation of breastfeeding for two years and beyond, regular growth monitoring and promotion.
  • Ensure evidence-based practices in the management of childhood illnesses.
  • Strengthen the surveillance system on childhood morbidity and mortality.
  • Optimize psychosocial development.
  • Ensure age appropriate immunization.
  • Ensure optimal oral health.
  • Ensure adequate childcare services including nutrition during emergency situations

Policy Goal 5

Ensure that children aged 5 to 9 years and adolescents realize their full potential in growth and development in a conducive and resourceful physical and psychosocial environment


  • Strengthen partnerships between Ministries of Health and Education, other relevant stakeholders and communities for the implementation of a comprehensive child and adolescent health programme in school and community settings.
  • Implement need based health education focusing on skill development
  • Promote nutrition and healthy lifestyles among children and adolescents.
  • Ensure access to child and adolescent friendly health services, including oral health services and counseling.
  • Empower children and adolescents to make informed choices regarding their sexual and reproductive health issues.
  • Empower parents, guardians and teachers in caring for children and adolescents

Policy Goal 6

Enable children with special needs to optimally develop their mental, physical and social capacities to function as productive members of the society


  • Integrate an appropriate program to address the health needs of children with special needs into the existing child health program.
  • Strengthen the inter-sectoral collaboration among key stakeholders providing care for children with special needs.

Policy Goal 7

Enable all couples to have a desired number of children with optimal spacing whilst preventing unintended pregnancies


  • Ensure the availability and accessibility to quality modern family planning services.
  • Address the unmet need for contraception.
  • Ensure availability of sterilization services in institutions.
  • Establish an appropriate system for post-abortion care.
  • Ensure the uninterrupted availability of contraceptive commodities [Reproductive Health Commodity Security (RHCS)].
  • Strengthen, rationalize & streamline services for sub-fertile couples.

Policy Goal 8

To promote reproductive health of men and women assuring gender equity and equality


  • Address gender issues related to reproductive health.
  • Ensure an effective response from preventive and curative health sector for prevention and management of gender based violence issues.
  • Incorporate sex disaggregated data in to the health management information system, so as to ensure gender equity and equality in reproductive health services.
  • Promote compilation and appropriate management of data related to gender based violence within the health sector.
  • Strengthen partnership within the resource network of organizations and persons actively involved in the prevention and management of gender based violence.
  • Promote and enhance male participation in reproductive health care.
  • Empower men and women to promote community mobilization towards prevention and management of gender based violence.
  • Address reproductive health needs of migrant workers

Policy Goal 9

Ensure that National, Provincial, District and Divisional level managers are responsive and accountable for provision of high quality MCH services.


  • Ensure accountability and committed leadership to provide quality MCH services.
  • Strengthen institutional capacity at National, Provincial, District and divisional levels to deliver quality MCH services.
  • Ensure the availability of adequate resources and equitable distribution for quality MCH services.
  • Ensure adherence to national policies, guidelines and practices to improve systems and services at all levels.
  • Strengthen the FHB as the Centre for Excellence to provide national leadership in Maternal and Child Health.
  • Ensure collaboration and partnership with professional bodies and relevant stakeholders.

Policy Goal 10

Ensure effective monitoring and evaluation of MCH programme that would generate quality information to support decision making.


  • Strengthen the Health Management Information System on MCH/FP
  • Reinforce planning, monitoring and evaluation of MCH program
  • Establish a network for MCH information sharing among relevant stakeholders

Policy Goal 11

Promote research for policy and practice in MCH


  • Generate and disseminate the evidence needed for policy formulation and practices in relation to MCH
  • Establish a collaborative mechanism for MCH research development

Policy Goal 12

Ensure sustainable conducive behaviours among individuals, families and communities to promote Maternal and Child Health.


  • Strengthen BCC interventions to improve the MCH programme
  • Promote mass media support for Maternal and Child Health
  • Foster community empowerment and mobilization to sustain conducive behaviours in support of MCH
  • Develop appropriate mechanisms for inter-sectoral co-ordination at all levels to strengthen BCC interventions in MCH