As World Health Organization guidelines and other research on VAS are published, GAVA translates the information into program policy and operational guidance for countries that are implementing VAS.
Creating a 6-month postpartum contact within the health system can provide an opportunity for the timely delivery of an integrated package of interventions showing high impact on both mother and child health and nutrition status (Bhutta ZA, 2013). Several countries have piloted this and are beginning to scale it up. This brief describes the rationale, process, results and lessons learned from country experiences.
This “Technical Brief” is intended to assist countries in deciding whether to continue or stop post-partum VAS by summarizing what is known, identifying information gaps and highlighting considerations for policy makers.