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OBJECTIVE: To set up a global system for monitoring maternal and perinatal health in 54 countries worldwide. METHODS: The WHO Global Survey for Monitoring Maternal and Perinatal Health was implemented through a network of health institutions, selected using a stratified multistage cluster sampling design. Focused information on maternal and perinatal health was abstracted from hospital records and entered in a specially developed online data management system. Data were collected over a two- to three-month period in each institution. The project was coordinated by WHO and supported by WHO regional offices and country coordinators in Africa and the Americas. FINDINGS: The initial survey was implemented between September 2004 and March 2005 in the African and American regions. A total of 125 institutions in seven African countries and 119 institutions in eight Latin American countries participated. CONCLUSION: This project has created a technologically simple and scientifically sound system for large-scale data management, which can facilitate programme monitoring in countries.


Journal article


Bull World Health Organ

Publication Date





126 - 131


Adolescent, Adult, Africa, Female, Global Health, Health Status, Health Surveys, Humans, Maternal Welfare, Monitoring, Physiologic, North America, Perinatal Care, Pilot Projects, Program Development, Research, South America, World Health Organization