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Bull World Health Organ. 2008 Feb;86(2):126-31.

Methodological considerations in implementing the WHO Global Survey for Monitoring Maternal and Perinatal Health.

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  • 1Department of Making Pregnancy Safer, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland. shaha@who.int

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To set up a global system for monitoring maternal and perinatal health in 54 countries worldwide.

METHODS:

The WHO Global Survey for Monitoring Maternal and Perinatal Health was implemented through a network of health institutions, selected using a stratified multistage cluster sampling design. Focused information on maternal and perinatal health was abstracted from hospital records and entered in a specially developed online data management system. Data were collected over a two- to three-month period in each institution. The project was coordinated by WHO and supported by WHO regional offices and country coordinators in Africa and the Americas.

FINDINGS:

The initial survey was implemented between September 2004 and March 2005 in the African and American regions. A total of 125 institutions in seven African countries and 119 institutions in eight Latin American countries participated.

CONCLUSION:

This project has created a technologically simple and scientifically sound system for large-scale data management, which can facilitate programme monitoring in countries.

PMID:
18297167
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PMCID:
PMC2647388
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