Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health

Recommendation 2: Health indicators

By 2012, the same 11 indicators on reproductive, maternal and child health, disaggregated for gender and other equity considerations, are being used for the purpose of monitoring progress towards the goals of the Global Strategy.

The 11 indicators of maternal, newborn and child health

  • Maternal mortality ratio
  • Under-five child mortality, with the proportion of newborn deaths
  • Children under five who are stunted
  • Proportion of demand for family planning satisfied (met need for contraception)
  • Antenatal care coverage (at least four times during pregnancy)
  • Antiretroviral (ARV) prophylaxis among HIVpositive pregnant women to prevent HIV transmission and antiretroviral therapy for [pregnant] women who are treatment-eligible
  • Skilled attendant at birth
  • Postnatal care for mothers and babies within two days of birth
  • Exclusive breastfeeding for six months (0–5 months)
  • Three doses of combined diphtheria-tetanuspertussis (DTP3) immunization coverage (12–23 months)
  • Antibiotic treatment for suspected pneumonia

Strategic Workplan

The following table presents the indicators, targets, lead partners related to monitoring progress against Recommendation 2:

Action 1

The core indicators included in monitoring systems in countries

Indicator / targets

At least 50 countries use and have up to date accurate data on the core indicators, disaggregated, as part of their M&E systems by 2013

Lead partner

Countries, health and statistical sectors
Partnerships (GAVI, Global Fund, HMN, PMNCH)


Comprehensive plans developed and implemented for countries with highest burden for monitoring progress towards the core indicators

Action 2

Monitoring incorporates equity, including main stratifiers (gender, socio-economic position, sub-national data) to track and target disadvantaged populations

Indicator / targets

Global partners have streamlined reporting systems around the core indicators by 2012

Lead partner



Additional information and new resources required to institutionalize quality of care assessments in countries

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