Cadernos de Saúde Pública
Print version ISSN 0102-311X
SUAREZ OJEDA, E. N.. Los servicios de atención en el periodo neonatal en América Latina. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 1987, vol.3, n.4, pp. 426-443. ISSN 0102-311X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X1987000400005.
The thecnique known as Services' Efficiency Conditions is employed to Neo Natal Services in six areas of Latin America. Furthermore, a ist of specific questions about mother and child relationships is applied to twenty of the forementioned services. Neo Natal Care in Latin America is regarded as deficient, considering that, on average, the acceptable conditions for Newborn's Care is under 50%. This level is only exceed in two out of the six areas. The most depressed items are Health Education and Programming and Administration. Contrary to what is commoonly expressed, the most expensive costs of Neo Natal Care (Equipment and Physical Plant) were better covered. Therefore, it is recommended that the emphasis should be put on organizational improvement and attitudinal changes of the staff. Regarding to Mother and Child relationship, it is warned that most of the services have not embodied basic principles about it in their practices of Perinatal Care.