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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Targeted strategies to address the key barriers to SBA use at delivery can help to accelerate progress.