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Selected Results of an Analysis of the Maternal and Newborn Content of Routine Information Systems in 24 Countries

Publish Date: June 2017
Author: MCSP

This review of routine Health Management Information Systems (HMIS) maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) content across 24 countries can help country and global stakeholders understand which MNCH indicators can be currently calculated using data available in routine information systems. Data gaps identified by the review can help inform revisions to facility registers (and patient records) to capture essential data elements for calculation and use of quality measures by facility health workers and district managers (including aggregation of key quality measures at district level.) The results of this review can also support advocacy for incorporating high-priority MNH data points and indicators into national HMIS.

This brief summarizes selected results with respect to which maternal and newborn health (MNH) data are being systematically collected at the facility level in the labor and delivery service area using registers, and which MNH data are reported to a higher level in the health information system (usually the district level) using facility monthly summary forms.