Measurement Matters! Routine Health Information Systems for MNCH
*Recommended Audience: Introductory/Undergraduate Students, Young Professionals/Graduate Students, and Mid-Level Professionals
Most low and middle-income countries use data from health management information systems (HMIS) to routinely monitor maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) programs, as large-scale surveys are only conducted periodically. Country systems vary in the MNCH indicators they include and how the indicators are collected and compiled. The Maternal and Child Survival Program conducted a review of the data elements collected in 23 countries’ national HMIS for MNCH indicators in facility registers and summary forms and for child health and nutrition indicators in community information systems. The review identified common data elements collected and gaps at each level across countries; work is underway to assist countries to address gaps. The session will also discuss how countries can improve and standardize routine measurement of MNCH indicators.
Speakers: Kate Gilroy, John Snow Inc.; Emma Williams, Jhpiego; Vikas Dwivedi, John Snow Inc.; Tanvi Monga, Maternal and Child Survival Program