Towards a standardized definition of effective coverage for maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health and nutrition (MNCAHN)

Added on : 4 May 2020

By: Quality of Care Network Secretariat

The Lancet Global Health published the Effective Coverage Think Tank Group article on 'Effective coverage measurement in maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health and nutrition: progress, future prospects, and implications for quality health systems measures of effective coverage'.  

The Effective Coverage Think Tank Group proposes standardised definitions and measurement approaches for effective coverage.  

It initiates discussions on effective coverage indicators for MNCAHN and suggests priorities for future research on effective coverage. The proposed effective coverage measures and care cascade steps can be applied to further develop effective coverage measures across a broad range of MNCAHN services.

The group, convened by WHO and UNICEF, brings together nearly 100 quality of care and measurement experts from over 45 institutions. 

Access the article and check the World Health Organization’s data portal to find global data on coverage of key interventions for pregnancy, delivery, child and adolescent health.

Photo: A nurse at Tokora Health Centre III in Nakapiripirit district, Uganda, attends to a pregnant woman who came for an antenatal visit in October 2019. ©UNICEF/UNI239938/Jimmy Adriko.