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Document Type
Comparative Reports
Publication Topic(s)
Child Health and Development, Maternal Health
Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Yemen
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Assaf, Shireen, Leah Horton, Marta Bornstein, and Thomas Pullum. 2017. Levels and Trends of Maternal and Child Health Indicators in 11 Middle East and North African Countries. DHS Comparative Report No. 46. Rockville, Maryland, USA: ICF.
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Publication Date
November 2017
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This report examines 13 maternal and child health indicators in 11 Middle East and North African countries using the most recent nationally representative household surveys carried out since 2005. The data used in the analysis were obtained from 17 surveys from three sources: the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS), the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS), and the Pan Arab Project for Family Health (PAPFAM). Data from two surveys were available for six countries which allowed for trend analysis. Indicators covered fertility, contraceptive use, antenatal care, delivery, child health care, child nutrition, and under-5 mortality. The report highlights the disparities in these indicators by socio- demographic variables, including age, education, wealth quintile, place of residence, and region. A summary is also provided that compares the overall levels of these indicators across the countries.


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