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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.

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Technical consultations on postnatal care

Postnatal care can be provided at home or at a health facility. International data however shows that compared to other maternal and newborn...

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Measuring coverage of essential maternal and newborn care interventions: An unfinished agenda

One of the articles in the collection is entitled Measuring coverage of essential maternal and newborn care interventions: An...