Indicators for monitoring progress in maternal and child health care in Africa

Helen M. Wallace, Taha El Tahir Taha

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Abstract

Summary: Health trends are important to assess and measure as they provide guidance for planning, administration and evaluation of hearth care and services. To achieve this objective a reliable indicator is necessary. In this study on African countries, the infant mortality rate proved to be a sensitive indicator; increases in the GNP per capita, female literacy, and nursing personnel correlate with decrease in mortality in infancy and early childhood. Since several factors influence this indicator, more research at the household level, country level, and among countries, with better data analysis is needed. All institutions concerned are urged to improve recording and reporting of information pertaining to health survival and development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)158-164
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of tropical pediatrics
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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