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The benefits of promoting preconception care in the UK

Prof. Keith Godfrey MBE, Prof. Mark Hanson, Jaskiran Kaur Gill, Dr. Chandni Maria Jacob, Gareth Giles


It is time to prioritize preconception care as a central pillar of health and social care policies. We urge all governmental departments to embrace this vision for preconception care and to take concrete steps to advance the 5-point Action Plan outlined above. Successful implementation necessitates collaborative efforts between government departments, coordinating actions that extend beyond the realm of healthcare. This involves deploying strategies that benefit the entire population while also employing specific measures tailored to address the needs of vulnerable communities and disadvantaged individuals. By taking proactive steps to enhance preconception health now, the UK can move towards a healthier, more equitable society, reduce the transmission of disparities and improve human capital and economic productivity.


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