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Title: A model for developing and managing a maternal and child health (MCH) service in rural Iran, based on HFA 2000
Author: Jouzi Najafabadi, K.
Awarding Body: University College of Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 1995
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This thesis is concerned with Health for All by the Year 2000 (HFA2000) with specific reference to Mother and Child Health (MCH) care in rural Iran. The study analyses existing MCH services in rural Iran and suggests a model for improving those services so as to achieve the goal of HFA2000. The central theme of this thesis is an examination of how primary health care services for mothers and children are presently functioning in rural Iran. The examination is based on an ethnographic study of one village, chosen to be typical of all such villages, in rural Iran. The health service itself was examined, and the culture in which it operates was analysed through exploring with women of the village their beliefs and perspectives. The results show that there are several barriers to the successful promotion of MCH, and it was found that the HFA system of Iran needs considerable improvement change. A model has been developed for improving the MCH system in rural Iran. It is based on the nine components of a PHC system as advocated by the WHO. The model shows that a process containing a series of interconnected steps is needed. The evidence suggests that a comprehensive PHC system, as declared by WHO, is both ideal and feasible within rural Iran.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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