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Document Type
Analytical Studies
Publication Topic(s)
Maternal Health, Wealth/Socioeconomics
Country(s)
Ghana, Malawi, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Philippines, Bolivia
Language
English
Author(s)
Jacqueline Bell and Sian L. Curtis and Silvia Alayon
Publication Date
September 2003
Publication ID
AS7

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Abstract:

Increasing the proportion of deliveries with skilled attendants present is being advocated as the most important step in preventing maternal deaths worldwide. The indicator most commonly used as a proxy for skilled attendance at delivery is the percentage of deliveries attended by a health professional, which has been selected as one of the Millennium Development Indicators for measuring reductions in maternal mortality. The objective of this study is to provide an in-depth understanding of trends in delivery with a health professional over the last decade, across a range of developing countries: Bangladesh, Bolivia, Ghana, Indonesia, Malawi, and the Philippines. In particular, the study analyzes trends in the types of professionals providing services, the place of delivery, and some composite indicators of skilled attendance. Throughout the report, emphasis has been placed on identifying subnational variation in trends by socioeconomic and obstetric characteristics of the women.