Assessment of the Quality of Maternity Registers in Guatemala
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Better tools and methods are required for monitoring maternal health. Deriving key process indicators from birth register data has been proposed as a method, but experience to date is limited and there is ongoing debate as to whether this approach is feasible or sustainable. Although maternity register data are collected in most facilities, there is little evidence that they are used effectively for monitoring, even in many developed countries. This report presents the findings of an in-depth case study carried out in facilities in three departamentos of Guatemala (Quiche, San Marcos, and Totonicapan) to determine whether routine data in maternity registers can be used to monitor and evaluate maternal and neonatal health at the departamento level, and if so, in what ways the register might best be used.
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