Monitoring emergency obstetric care, a handbook

Publication date: 2013

Inventory of Tools for Maternal Health Supplies Prepared by Maternal Health Technical Reference Team, 2013 Information Sheet Monitoring Emergency Obstetric Care, A Handbook Developer World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Averting Maternal Death and Disability (AMDD) Program of the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University How to access the tool http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/publications/monitoring/9789241547734/en/in dex.html Purpose The purpose of this handbook is to describe the indicators and to give guidance on conducting studies to people working in the field. It includes a list of life-saving services, or “signal functions” that define a health facility with regard to its capacity to treat obstetric emergencies. The emphasis is on actual rather than theoretical functioning. The emergency obstetric care indicators described in the handbook may be used to measure progress on a programmatic continuum: from the availability of and access to emergency obstetric care to the use and quality of those services. Audience This tool may be used at the national level. Language English, French, Spanish Keywords monitoring and evaluation, maternal health, obstetric conditions

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