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The third edition of this publication intends to become a guide for the training of the health care team in the continuum of care of the mother and newborn, broadening and deepening the information contained in previous editions.
Renewing the primary health care strategy requires evidence-based guidelines to help the staff develop standards that may contribute to improve the health of women and their children. These interventions should be cost/effective, since it is a basic principle of primary care that includes the entire population of pregnant women and their children.
All the themes were updated and expanded, incorporating new features and further deepening the contents of preconception care, advocating for promotion and prevention to improve the health status of women, her partner and child through relatively simple measures on family planning with a focus on rights. This includes the provision of emergency contraception and the concept of comprehensive care, to avoid missed opportunities and to improve the efficiency of the contacts between the health personnel and the woman and her child.
Fulfillment of the Millennium Development Goals signed by all member states in relation to objectives 4 and 5 (to reduce the 1990 baseline mortality rates by 2/3 in children and by 3/4 in mothers by 2015) demands a skilled health care team.