The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Handbook was created in Japan about 69 years ago. Because the MCH Handbook promotes the continuum of maternal and child health care by improving MCH services without high-technology medical equipment, 39 countries and areas have introduced the MCH Handbook in their health programs, Many studies revealed the evidence of the impact of MCH Handbook.
The MCH Handbook is an indispensable tool to crystallize the idea of leaving no one behind. Each country or region has its own culture and customs. We should respect the worth of culture, share good practices and lessons learned, and promote the MCH Handbook for the benefit of larger numbers of population. We hope strongly that the MCH Handbook will contribute to the happy and healthy lives of mothers, children and families around the world!
Yasuhide Nakamura, MD, PhD
Professor, Konan Women’s University; Professor Emeritus, Osaka University; President, Japan Association of International Health (JAIH)
Shafi Bhuiyan, MD, MPH, MBA, PhD
Distinguished Visiting Professor, Faculty of Community Services and The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University; Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto