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What does it mean ?
Full Name:Percentage of pregnant women who attended at least 4 ANC visits
Full Unit:%
Year-range of Data:1996 - 2015
Source:Millennium Development Goals Indicators
Link :http://mdgs.un.org/unsd/mdg/Data.aspx
Date Source Published:9th July 2015
Date Source Accessed:12th May 2016

The following countries had no data:
Libya, Mauritius, Morocco, SADR, Seychelles

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Pregnant Women with 4 ANC Visits

What does it mean ?

This is the percentage of women aged between 15 and 49 (of reproductive age) who have had a live birth and received at least 4 antenatal care (ANC) visits by any provider during their pregnancy out of all women who have had a live birth in the three years prior to the survey. A live birth refers to any baby that is born that shows signs of life outside of the womb. According to WHO guidelines, an ANC visit should include taking the mothers’ blood pressure; urine testing (to look for bacterial infections or signs of pre-eclampsia); blood testing (to look for conditions such as syphilis, anemia, HIV and malaria); and measuring the mothers' maternal weight and height (optional).

Why does it matter ?

Antenatal care (ANC) visits increase the likelihood that any problems will be spotted earlier in the pregnancy and dealt with before they become life threatening. ANC coverage is a good general indicator of access to healthcare services during pregnancy.

How is it collected ?

A national survey was undertaken in each country from a representative sample of households during which any woman aged 15-49 from these sampled households and who had a live birth in the three years preceding the survey was interviewed. During this interview they were asked about the number of antenatal care visits they had with any provider.

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Summary Definition, Methodology for Collection and Calculation

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The data for each indicator on African Health Stats (AHS) are published by the UN agency, or UN inter-agency group, which holds responsibility for global monitoring of the indicator. This varies by indicator. Please refer to ‘Data Source’. AHS uses data from these sources because such data are internationally comparable and it is the mandate of those agencies to prepare such data and monitor progress internationally. In some cases the UN agency has made adjustments to the data in order to make national data internationally comparable, for example they may adjust national estimates to account for differences in survey design, the extent of potential underreporting, and the definition of what is being measured (eg. maternal deaths). This means that at times there may be discrepancies between national and international estimates. Individual countries may prefer to instead rely on national figures for national monitoring. For uniformity, AHS uses only international estimates of the UN agencies in data visualisations.

In 2014, the following countries communicated that they use alternative figures to monitor the indicator Pregnant women with 4 ANC visits instead of the figures that appear in AHS data visualisations. The most recent alternative figure supplied by these countries in 2014, by source are: Ethiopia 2014 31.6 (no source); Guinea-Bissau 2012 21 INASA; Namibia 2013 96 (no source)

Collection Summary

A national survey was undertaken in each country from a representative sample of households during which any woman aged 15-49 from these sampled households and who had a live birth in the three years preceding the survey was interviewed. During this interview they were asked about the number of antenatal care (ANC) visits they had with any provider. Using this information, the indicator is calculated by dividing the number of women who received at least four ANC visits during their pregnancy by any provider divided by the total number of women with a live birth in the three years preceding the survey.

For more information, visit: http://mdgs.un.org/unsd/mdg/Metadata.aspx?IndicatorId=0&SeriesId=763

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