Table of Contents: Measuring Coverage in Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health


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Measuring Coverage in Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health, a PLOS Collection, presents innovative assessments of the validity of measuring population coverage for interventions in this field. Coverage indicators are widely used to assess whether interventions are reaching women and children in low- and middle-income countries, particularly through population-based household surveys. This collection of original research articles and reviews shows that while some indicators can be measured accurately, others may not provide valid results and therefore need further investigation and development.

The collection explores issues around measurement using household surveys, assessment of health inequalities, consideration of survey error, and the generation of indicators for global monitoring, and presents recommendations for transforming the findings of these and previous studies into better measurement, reporting and interpretation of coverage estimates.

This collection was produced with support from the Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group (CHERG). Financial support for CHERG is provided by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through their grant to the US Fund for UNICEF.

The Collection Editor is Dr Lucy Chappell. The PLOS Medicine Editors have sole editorial responsibility for the content of this Collection.

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Measuring Coverage in MNCH: New Findings, New Strategies, and Recommendations for Action

Jennifer Bryce, Fred Arnold, Ann Blanc, Attila Hancioglu, Holly Newby, Jennifer Requejo, Tessa Wardlaw , the CHERG Working Group on Improving Coverage Measurement

Measuring Coverage in MNCH: Indicators for Global Tracking of Newborn Care

Allisyn C. Moran, Kate Kerber, Deborah Sitrin, Tanya Guenther, Claudia S. Morrissey, Holly Newby, Joy Fishel, P. Stan Yoder, Zelee Hill, Joy E. Lawn

Measuring Coverage in MNCH: Challenges in Monitoring the Proportion of Young Children with Pneumonia Who Receive Antibiotic Treatment

Harry Campbell, Shams el Arifeen, Tabish Hazir, James O'Kelly, Jennifer Bryce, Igor Rudan, Shamim Ahmad Qazi

Measuring Coverage in MNCH: Total Survey Error and the Interpretation of Intervention Coverage Estimates from Household Surveys

Thomas P. Eisele, Dale A. Rhoda, Felicity T. Cutts, Joseph Keating, Ruilin Ren, Aluisio J. D. Barros, Fred Arnold

Research Articles

Measuring Coverage in MNCH: Population HIV-Free Survival among Children under Two Years of Age in Four African Countries

Jeffrey S. A. Stringer, Kathryn Stinson, Pius M. Tih, Mark J. Giganti, Didier K. Ekouevi, Tracy L. Creek, Thomas K. Welty, Benjamin H. Chi, Catherine M. Wilfert, Nathan Shaffer, Elizabeth M. Stringer, Francois Dabis, David Coetzee

Measuring Coverage in MNCH: Testing the Validity of Women's Self-Report of Key Maternal and Newborn Health Interventions during the Peripartum Period in Mozambique

Cynthia K. Stanton, Barbara Rawlins, Mary Drake, Matias dos Anjos, David Cantor, Lidia Chongo, Leonardo Chavane, Maria da Luz Vaz, Jim Ricca

Measuring Coverage in MNCH: Validating Women’s Self-Report of Emergency Cesarean Sections in Ghana and the Dominican Republic

Özge Tunçalp, Cynthia Stanton, Arachu Castro, Richard Adanu, Marilyn Heymann, Kwame Adu-Bonsaffoh, Samantha R. Lattof, Ann Blanc, Ana Langer

Measuring Coverage in MNCH: A Validation Study Linking Population Survey Derived Coverage to Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Care Records in Rural China

Li Liu, Mengying Li, Li Yang, Lirong Ju, Biqin Tan, Neff Walker, Jennifer Bryce, Harry Campbell, Robert E. Black, Yan Guo

Measuring Coverage in MNCH: A Prospective Validation Study in Pakistan and Bangladesh on Measuring Correct Treatment of Childhood Pneumonia

Tabish Hazir, Khadija Begum, Shams el Arifeen, Amira M. Khan, M. Hamidul Huque, Narjis Kazmi, Sushmita Roy, Saleem Abbasi, Qazi Sadeq-ur Rahman, Evropi Theodoratou, Mahmuda Shayema Khorshed, Kazi Mizanur Rahman, Sanwarul Bari, M. Mahfuzul Islam Kaiser, Samir K. Saha, A. S. M. Nawshad Uddin Ahmed, Igor Rudan, Jennifer Bryce, Shamim Ahmad Qazi, Harry Campbell

Measuring Coverage in MNCH: Accuracy of Measuring Diagnosis and Treatment of Childhood Malaria from Household Surveys in Zambia

Thomas P. Eisele, Kafula Silumbe, Josh Yukich, Busiku Hamainza, Joseph Keating, Adam Bennett, John M. Miller