Work package 4 - Design optimum package of postpartum
interventions and services tailored to conditions at each study
To design a feasible and optimum package of interventions
tailored to conditions at each study site to improve postnatal and
- To design a feasible and optimum package of
interventions/services for each of 4 selected study sites, tailored
to the specific conditions at each of these sites; and
- To use the designed packages of interventions as a strategy to
improve postpartum and newborn care in other
This work package
corresponds to the second research phase. Based on the results of
the maternal and newborn health policy and situation analysis
(research phase 1: work package 2 and 3), existing knowledge on
cost-effectiveness and preferences of local policy makers,
clinicians and other relevant stakeholders, context specific and
optimum packages of interventions will be designed to improve the
health of postpartum women and newborns.
The intervention packages
must be designed to have the highest likelihood of being
sustainable in the long run; and be able to continue with little or
no support from the research team once the project is completed.
Based on the results of work package 2 and 3, optimum packages of
interventions will be designed for each study site. The packages of
interventions will include;
- Activities/interventions strengthening the existing facility
based postpartum care;
- Activities/interventions facilitating postpartum care (until 1
year after delivery) by integrating postpartum care within services
provided at child-health clinics; and
- Community-based activities/interventions.
The packages of
interventions will be developed in close cooperation with the
research partners at the study sites. Ownership of the proposed
interventions by the local health authorities has to be ensured to
enhance the acceptability and the sustainability of the
interventions. Also attention has to be paid to developing packages
of interventions that are feasible to implement, appropriate,
realistic and based on evidence-based medicine and management.
Financial and human resources needs and implications for the
implementation of the packages have to be assessed and specified.
The results of work package 2 and 3 will lead into this process of
designing the intervention packages together with relevant
scientific literature and existing knowledge.
The expected outcome of work package 4 is to have
context adapted packages of interventions to improve maternal and