Getting to the Last Mile – diagonal approach and pathways for improving maternal and child health outcomes in South Africa
South Africa is committed to reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for maternal and child health. Over the last few years, the country has made tremendous progress in improving the health outcomes for women and children across the country. However, the country still faces various challenges in reaching the targets as outlined in the Government plans as well as the MDGs. Using a diagonal approach, a strategy in which we use explicit intervention priorities to drive the required improvements into the health system, dealing with such generic issues as human resource development, financing, facility planning, drug supply, rational prescription, and quality assurance, will be important to reach the goals set.