Mothers and Children: Designing research toward integrated care for both

M Stalcup, S Verguet


In this paper we examine pragmatic corollaries to the design and implementation of Millennium Development Goals (MDG) 4 and 5. The first corollary we analyze is how the timeframe imposed on the MDGs affects choices about how to implement health care interventions to meet those goals, which we look at specifically in terms of the trade-off between strengthening a health care system or increasing mass campaigns. The second corollary is that, in the allocation of resources, those choices must often be made between providing health care interventions for certain members of the population as opposed to others. We analyze aspects of these unintentional effects of the MDGs, and then offer a model for designing research on the provision of maternal and child health that does aim to take them into account.

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