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Reproductive Health

, 11:S7

First Online: 26 September 2014DOI: 10.1186-1742-4755-11-S3-S7

Cite this article as: Lassi, Z.S., Dean, S.V., Mallick, D. et al. Reprod Health 2014 11Suppl 3: S7. doi:10.1186-1742-4755-11-S3-S7


The notion of preconception care aims to target the existing risks before pregnancy, whereby resources may be used to improve reproductive health and optimize knowledge before conceiving. The preconception period provides an opportunity to intervene earlier to optimize the health of potential mothers and fathers and to prevent harmful exposures from affecting the developing fetus. These interventions include birth spacing and preventing teenage pregnancy, promotion of contraceptive use, optimization of weight and micronutrient status, prevention and management of infectious diseases, and screening for and managing chronic conditions. Given existing interventions and the need to organize services to optimize delivery of care in a logical and effective manner, interventions are frequently co-packaged or bundled together. This paper highlights packages of preconception interventions that can be combined and co-delivered to women through various delivery channels and provides a logical framework for development of such packages in varying contexts.

Keywordspreconception packages of care continuum of care Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1742-4755-11-S3-S7 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Zohra S Lassi - Sohni V Dean - Dania Mallick - Zulfiqar A Bhutta


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