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What does it mean ?
Full Name:Percentage of women receiving postpartum care two days after delivery
Full Unit:%
Year-range of Data:2003 - 2015
Source:UNICEF
Link :http://data.unicef.org/maternal-health/newborn-care.html
Date Source Published:1st February 2016
Date Source Accessed:12th May 2016

The following countries had no data:
Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Cape Verde, Central African Rep, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea , Libya, Mauritius, Morocco, SADR, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Togo

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Women Who Received Post-partum Care

What does it mean ?

The postpartum period is the period immediately after birth until six weeks after birth. This indicator refers to the number of women in the early postpartum period (the first 48 hours after birth) who received a check-up. It is measured as the proportion of the total number of women aged 15-49 who had a live birth in the last X years prior to the survey, regardless of the place of delivery. The number of live births refers to any baby that is born that shows signs of life outside of the womb.

Why does it matter ?

This indicator tells us how women use postpartum services after birth and provision of postpartum care in an area. Despite the fact that most maternal and newborn deaths occur during and around the time of birth, postpartum care is a much-neglected area of maternity-service provision. The WHO recommend that new mothers have a postpartum visit within the first two or three days of birth when problems are more likely to be identified.

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 with a last live birth in the x years prior to the survey from these sampled households was interviewed. During this interview they were asked if they had received a check after the birth and when.

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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 Women received postpartum care instead of the figures that appear in AHS data visualisations. The most recent alternative figure supplied by these countries in 2014, by source are: Botswana 2007 85 (no source); Comoros 2012 82 (no source); Ethiopia 2014 12.0 (no source); Guinea 2012 37 (no source); Malawi 2014 75 (no source); Namibia 2012 76 (no source); Zambia 2014 77.3 (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 with a last live birth in the x years prior to the survey from these sampled households was interviewed. During this interview they were asked if they had received a check after the birth and when. Using this information, the indicator is calculated by dividing the number of women who received postpartum care within two days of childbirth divided by the total number of women ages 15-49 years with a last live birth in the x years prior to the survey.

For more information, visit: http://www.countdown2015mnch.org/reports-and-articles/2015-final-report

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