Gap in uptake of antenatal care and skilled attendance at birth. PRRINN-MNCH

Authors: Health Partners International
Document Type: Factsheets
Publication Date: 2013

This is the second in a series of eight factsheets on the theme of health service delivery, that draws on the results and lessons learned from the PRRINN-MNCH programme. This particular brief focuses on the gap in uptake of antenatal care and skilled attendance at birth. The key messages are:

Targeted strategies are helping to improve the gap between receiving antenatal care and the presence of a skilled birth attendant at birth.

  1. Antenatal care provides an important opportunity to encourage a safe delivery with a skilled birth attendant, but in Northern Nigeria, only 41% of pregnant women have any ANC and as few as 12% deliver with the assistance of an SBA.
  2. Despite PRRINN-MNCH’s achievement in increasing both ANC and deliveries with SBAs, the gap between ANC and delivery with an SBA is only narrowing very slowly.
  3. Targeted strategies to address the key barriers to SBA use at delivery can help to accelerate progress.


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Tags: Nigeria, Newborn health, Maternal health, Maternal mortality ratio, Skilled delivery, Antenatal care, Child health, Quality improvement, Institutional strengthening, PRRINN-MNCH, Access to health services, Health systems research, Emergency obstetric care, Midwifery, Standards, Maternal mortality,