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Institute for International Programs

Maternal and Child Epidemiology Estimation

local worker surveys mother with child


Ensuring high-quality and timely data is utilized in the assessment of global and national priorities.

The overall goal of the project is to ensure that high-quality and timely data is utilized in the assessment of global and national priorities in maternal, neonatal and child health and in planning and evaluation of health intervention programs.

Project Objectives

  1. Provide timely estimates of the causes and determinants of neonatal and child mortality reflecting the effects of accelerated child survival interventions
  2. Provide selected estimates of morbidities (and etiologies) and disabilities for important child conditions
  3. Improve knowledge of the causes of maternal mortality, and determine the immediate, medium-term and long-term burden of maternal morbidity.
  4. Provide technical leadership and knowledge management on maternal and child health.


  1. Estimation of deaths by cause for women, newborns and children under five (global, by country)
  2. Estimation of morbidities and etiologies for important neonatal and child conditions such as pneumonia, meningitis and neonatal infections (global)
  3. Estimation of the pathogen-specific causes of diarrhea among children under 5 years of age and updated estimation of the effectiveness and herd effect of the rotavirus vaccine (global)
  4. Estimation of national low birth weight (LBW) rates and trends since 1995 (global, by country)


Maternal and Child Epidemiology Estimation (MCEE) is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation under Global Development Grant #OPP1096225 to Johns Hopkins University.