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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
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...

News
Filling the gaps – supporting excellence in Ethiopian research

The in-service training for thirty EPHI staff, with participants from each directorate, organised by the Health System & Reproductive Health...