The poor progress towards improving maternal and child health outcomes is not due to a lack of technical solutions. There is substantial evidence documenting the positive effects of a range of low-cost, community-based interventions for maternal and child health. However, reliable delivery systems for life-saving and sustaining interventions are lacking. For a range of proven low-cost interventions, including vaccinations, oral-rehydration therapy and zinc for diarrhea, insecticide treated bed-nets and anti-malarial drugs for malaria, antibiotics for pneumonia, and skilled birth attendants to improve intrapartum care, coverage is below 50% globally. Low coverage of interventions is often due to an inability to reach a population in need;
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