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Share of mothers receiving at least four antenatal visits during pregnancy

What you should know about this indicator

Rationale

Antenatal care (ANC) coverage is an indicator of access and use of health care during pregnancy. The antenatal period presents opportunities for reaching pregnant women with interventions that may be vital to their health and wellbeing and that of their infants. Receiving antenatal care at least four times increases the likelihood of receiving effective maternal health interventions during the antenatal period. This is one of the indicators in the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030) Monitoring Framework, and one of the tracer indicators of health services for the universal health coverage (SDG indicator 3.8.1).

Definition

The percentage of women aged 15-49 with a live birth in a given time period that received antenatal care four or more times. Due to data limitations, it is not possible to determine the type of provider for each visit. Numerator: The number of women aged 15-49 with a live birth in a given time period that received antenatal care four or more times. Denominator: Total number of women aged 15-49 with a live birth in the same period.

Method of measurement

The number of women aged 15-49 with a live birth in a given time period that received antenatal care four or more times during pregnancy is expressed as a percentage of women aged 15-49 with a live birth in the same period. (Number of women aged 15-49 attended at least four times during pregnancy by any provider for reasons related to the pregnancy/total number of women aged 15-49 with a live birth) *100. The ANC4+ indicator is based on a standard question that asks if and how many times the health of the woman was checked during pregnancy. Unlike antenatal care coverage (at least one visit), the indicator antenatal care coverage (at least four visits) includes care given by any provider, not just by skilled health personnel. This is because the key national level household surveys do not collect information on type of provider for each visit. Household surveys that can generate this indicator includes Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS), Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS), Fertility and Family Surveys (FFS), Reproductive Health Surveys (RHS) and other surveys based on similar methodologies. Registry/facility reporting system can be used where the coverage is high, usually in industrialized countries.

Method of estimation

WHO compiles empirical data from nationally-representative household surveys . Before data are included into the global databases, WHO undertake a process of data verification that includes correspondence with field offices to clarify any questions regarding estimates.

Share of mothers receiving at least four antenatal visits during pregnancy
The percentage of women aged 15-49 with a live birth in a given time period that received antenatal care four or more times. Due to data limitations, it is not possible to determine the type of provider for each visit. Numerator: The number of women aged 15-49 with a live birth in a given time period that received antenatal care four or more times. Denominator: Total number of women aged 15-49 with a live birth in the same period.
Source
World Health Organization - Global Health Observatory (2024) – processed by Our World in Data
Last updated
January 3, 2024
Next expected update
January 2025
Date range
1990–2023
Unit
%

Sources and processing

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