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June 03, 2013

Measuring Coverage in MNCH: Determining and Interpreting Inequalities in Coverage of Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Interventions

To monitor progress towards the Millennium Development Goals, it is essential to monitor the coverage of health interventions in subgroups of the population, because national averages can hide important inequalities. The review published recently in Plos Med provides a practical guide to measuring and interpreting inequalities based on surveys carried out in low- and middle-income countries, with a focus on the health of mothers and children. Relevant stratification variables include urban/rural

June 03, 2013

Equity Analyses and Profiles

National data on coverage levels often hide important disparities among population subgroups. Inequities in health have several dimensions, including socioeconomic position, gender, place of residence, and ethnic group.  Mothers and children belonging to disadvantaged groups are less likely to receive essential preventive and curative interventions, and as a result show higher morbidity and mortality.  Improving equity is essential for achieving the health-related Millennium De

May 27, 2013

2013 Countdown Accountability for Maternal, Newborn & Child Survival

The 2013 Update, highlights country achievements in increasing coverage of key interventions, and identify remaining challenges many countries face in reaching all women and children with life-saving services. It includes one-page country profiles, for each of the 75 countries where more than 95% of all maternal and child deaths occur, that focus on the core indicators selected in 2011 by the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health, encompassing key

May 27, 2013

Women Deliver Conference 2013. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 28 - 30 May 2013

This week will be starting the largest global event of the decade to focus on the health and empowerment of girls and women. The Women Deliver 2013 conference is the most important date in the international population and development calendar. With the 2015 Millennium Development Goal deadline rapidly approaching, the time is now to deliver for girls and women. Women Deliver 2013 will serve as a global platform for ensuring that the health and rights of girls and women remain top priorities