Maternal and Child Health

Maternal and child health (MCH) care is the health service provided to mothers (women in their childbearing age) and children. The targets for MCH are all women in their reproductive age groups, i.e., 15 - 49 years of age, children, school age population and adolescents. Why should the care of mothers and children need major consideration and be part of every programme that is taking care of people’s health? The important considerations and justifications include:  Mothers and children make up over 2/3 of the whole population. Women in reproductive age (15 – 49) constitute. This working estimate is very important for project planning and implementation for MCH) Maternal mortality is an adverse outcome of many pregnancies. Miscarriage, induced abortion, and other factors are causes of the pregnancies which result in complications, illnesses, or permanent disability for the mother or child.