READY Guidance: Maternal and Newborn Health cover image: Trizer, three days old, with her mother Metrine outside their home in Bungoma, Kenya. Image credit: Sarah Waiswa / Save the Children

Maternal and Newborn Health During Infectious Disease Outbreaks: Operational Guidance for Humanitarian and Fragile Settings

This guidance provides humanitarian actors responsible for maternal and newborn health (MNH) programming with priority readiness and response actions to maintain the continuity, quality, and safety of health care for pregnant and postnatal women and adolescent girls and their newborns during an infectious disease outbreak response in a humanitarian or fragile setting.

It is designed to be an operational guide to support health actors to maintain critical services during infectious disease outbreaks and ensure necessary SRH considerations are integrated within the outbreak response; it is not a clinical guide.

The guidance is divided into four sections. Section one explores the effects of infectious disease outbreaks on MNH. Section two examines ways to maintain the safety and continuity of essential MNH services before and during infectious disease outbreaks. Section three explores ways to strengthen community-based MNH services. Section four covers cross-cutting considerations for MNH, such as Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) and Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) within outbreak preparedness and responses. Finally, the guidance includes two annexes: A preparedness and response checklist to aid programming, and recommendations for changes to breastfeeding in different infectious contexts.

This guidance was developed by the READY initiative with support from consultants and a Technical Advisory Group. The guidance was reviewed by members of the Inter-Agency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crises Maternal and Newborn Health Sub-Working Group and the Every Newborn Action Plan in Emergencies Working Group.

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