Studies From Asia and Latin America
Four reports commissioned by UNFPA offer insights into socio-cultural dynamics in Asian countries, with an emphasis on how religion influences their maternal and child health. The reports explore the main challenges that health workers are facing and provide recommendations for action. Common challenges noted include harmful traditional practices, affordability and quality of care, and service provider attitudes. Recommendations are aimed at increasing access to and utilization of maternal and child health services by addressing affordability, staff training, policies, information, attitudes of service providers, gender inequalities, management issues and community relations.