Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health policy indicators

Under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the U.N. Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030), countries have committed to improving the health of women, children and adolescents via transformative multi-sectoral action to accelerate coverage of interventions, reduce gender and equity gaps, and improve quality of services. Achieving these goals will require the adoption and implementation of strong, evidence-informed, and equity-focused policy areas spanning the continuum of care for sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (SRMNCAH) reaching beyond traditional health system boundaries.

To this end, WHO’s Departments of Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent Health and Ageing (MCA) and Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) conducted a comprehensive policy survey on sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (SRMNCAH) to assess the adoption of WHO recommendations in national health policies and guidelines. The 2018-2019 SRMNCAH Policy Survey was enumerated in 155 countries. Data from the responses to this survey will be presented in the WHO MNCAH data portal in a visual format, on maps and charts. Users will be able to download the data for these specific policy survey indicators.

Additionally, survey respondents provided the source documents (e.g. national policies, strategies, guidelines and legislations) used to completed the SRMNCAH Policy Survey. These documents will be made available in a searchable repository on the WHO MNCAH data portal.