World Vision International
publication • Thursday, May 23rd 2013

Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancy

an integrated approach

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World Vision’s evidence-based health and nutrition strategy is called the 7-11 strategy, because it includes 7 interventions for pregnant women and 11 for children under 2 years of age (see table below). World Vision is implementing 7-11 in more than 60 countries around the world. As part of this strategy, World Vision promotes and supports the integration of reproductive health for men, women and families within primary health care services, which include antenatal, delivery, postnatal, neonatal and paediatric services; basic obstetric emergency care; family planning clinics; maternal and infant nutrition; immunisation services; and HIV/prevention of mother-to-child transmission services.

World Vision’s health and nutrition programmes are implemented in both long-term development and emergency contexts. Any programmes containing reproductive health elements emphasise prevention, wellness and responsible decision making. World Vision collaborates with government national health policy, the local health system, family planning service providers, faith leaders and the community to design and implement health and nutrition programmes which are inclusive of reproductive health programmes and family planning.