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Improving Coverage Measurement for MNCH

Special Issue of PLOS Med

Special Issue of PLOS Med

This collection of original research shows that while some indicators can be measured accurately, others may not provide valid results and therefore need further investigation and development.

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IIP-JHU is continuing to work on increasing the quality and volume of evidence on trends in coverage for MNCH interventions that is available to Governments in low- and middle-income countries and their development partners, for use in guiding their investments and programs.

With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and guided by a Core Group of experts, IIP-JHU is supporting new studies in three areas.

GENERATING NEW EVIDENCE ON THE VALIDITY OF MNCH COVERAGE DATA

Studies are planned or in process in three areas: (1) a replication in Nigeria of the studies assessing treatment indicators for childhood pneumonia; (2) at least two studies assessing the validity of caregivers’ reports of careseeking for themselves and their children; and (3) a study in Kenya of the validity of reports of the services received for the mother and her newborn one year after delivery.

LINKING CARESEEKING DATA OBTAINED IN HOUSEHOLD SURVEYS WITH HEALTH SERVICE ASSESSMENTS

Several of the validation studies conducted in phase one of this work, and reported on in the PLOS Medicine Collection, showed that there are some indicators that cannot be measured well through household surveys. Examples include the treatment of childhood pneumonia and many of the interventions delivered to the mother and newborn around the time of birth. Work has therefore begun on finding ways to link measurements of careseeking collected through household surveys with assessments of the care provided by health services providers. A technical consultation in April 2014 brought together those with relevant experience, as a basis for planning the research program.

IMPROVING HOW COVERAGE DATA ARE REPORTED ON, INTERPRETED AND USED

Coverage data are sometimes presented in ways that can lead to incorrect interpretation, or that are difficult for non-technical users to understand. One objective of the improving measurement of coverage work is to explore options for improving the dissemination of coverage results that will increase their correct interpretation and use to improve programs.

Improving Coverage Measurement Core Group
Amouzou, Agbessi UNICEF
Arnold, FredDHS/ICFI
Blanc, AnnThe Population Council 
Bryce, JenniferJohns Hopkins University, Institute for International Programs 
Campbell, HarryUniversity of Edinburgh
Eisele, ThomTulane University
Hancioglu, AttilaMICS/UNICEF
Munos, MelindaJohns Hopkins University, Institute for International Programs 
Newby, HollyUNICEF
Stanton, CynthiaStanton-Hill Associates