Improving coverage measurement

Because of challenges in measurement, progress can often only be tracked through the use of proxy measures, which increase the risk of inappropriate decisions being made in maternal and newborn health. This issue affects stakeholders around the world, particularly women and children who might benefit from life-saving interventions.

Many health groups around the world have described the need to improve measurement for mothers and newborns. These include the Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP), Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality (EPMM) and the Global Strategy for Women, Children and Adolescent’s Health 2016-2030.

IDEAS aims to improve the measurement of priority indicators for maternal and newborn health by testing the coverage estimates derived from multiple sources – including household interviews, service user exit interviews, last event interviews with health facility staff and review of facility records – against gold standard coverage estimates obtained by the observation of births.

IDEAS team members collaborate closely with ENAP and EPMM metrics working groups to ensure that the learning is relevant to global and country based stakeholders.

Published content

Journal article
Newborn resuscitation in Gombe State, northeastern Nigeria

This paper published by Josephine Exley, Nasir Umar, Sarah Moxon, Adamu Umar Usman and Tanya Marchant from the IDEAS project, the London School of...

Journal article
Quality over quantity?

Do we need to pay more attention to the quality of health care visits over how many visits are taking place in low resource settings? Is it an...

Blog Post
Are women getting quality care? And how can we know? Measuring the coverage of high quality care

We have traditionally depended on household survey estimates of the coverage of contacts with health facilities to understand access, for example...

Journal article
Linking data sources for measurement of effective coverage in maternal and newborn health: what do we learn from individual- vs ecological-linking methods?

Methods We used data from Mayuge District, Uganda. Data from household surveys on access to SBA were linked to health facility assessment census...