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Title: Contribution of Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancy (HTSP) In Improving Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

Authors: Calixte NDABUMVIYUBUSA (MPH, MSW), Dr Callixte YADUFASHIJE (BSc, PDPH, MSc.CE, PhD)

 DOI : http://dx.doi.org/10.18535/ijetst/v3i09.06

Corresponding Author

Dr Callixte YADUFASHIJE (BSc, PDPH, MSc.CE, PhD)

DVC for Academic Affairs at Rusizi International University

Abstract

Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancy (HTSP) is recognized as a critical and essential preventive child survival intervention that effectively complements curative and other child health interventions, with additional benefits to the mother, family, men, community and the society. It is a key intervention associated with reduced risk of low birth weight, prematurity and newborn abnormalities and deaths in infants, as well reducing health risks to mothers after a live birth or abortion, and risks to adolescents. It creates awareness and increases demand for family planning services which is critical to the continuity, retention and long-term use of family planning For countries to reduce their burden of disease and reach their Millennium Development Goals. Adding HTSP interventions to their strategies and programs should be considered a priority because of significant, multiple health benefits for women and babies.