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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.

Working with global and national partners, 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. Further, our research involves developing and testing methods for linking data sources so actionable effective coverage measures are generated.

Published content

Journal article
Can we use DHIS2 data to monitor maternal and newborn health? A case study from Gombe state, Nigeria

A paper authored by IDEAS team member Antoinette Bhattacharya and published as part of a series on High Quality Health Systems in PLOS ONE aims to...

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...