This series of papers are the first multi-country, economic and systems analyses of community based maternal-newborn care (CBMNC). Important implications arise for universal health coverage (UHC), community care generally and specifically for the design and implementation of CBMNC with some practical dos (and some don’ts). The findings are relevant for other community-based programmes, for example community case management of childhood infections. HIV treatment, mental health care, and early child development.
The eight papers cover six African countries including five cRCTs in Ethiopia (Mathewos et al. 2017), South Africa (Daviaud et al. 2017a), Tanzania (Manzi et al. 2017), Uganda (Ekirapa-Kiracho et al. 2017), Ghana (Pitt et al. 2016), one programmatic assessment of national scale-up in Malawi (Greco et al. 2016), plus a rural pro-poor programme in Bolivia (Barger et al. 2017b) designed to reach an underserved ethnic minority.