Leaving no woman and no child behind: levels and trends in inequalities for RMNCH by wealth, urban-rural residence, and administrative area

September 24-27, 2018

The Countdown to 2030 regional network for West and Central Africa, led by the West Africa Health Organization, conducted its second analysis workshop. The 50 analysts from the Ministry of Health and national public health institutions in 20 countries from the subregion focused on the inequalities in the continuum of care for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, facilitated by a team from APHRC, Johns Hopkins University, University of Pelotas, University of Manitoba, WHO and UNICEF.

The first workshop had focused on the analysis of individual (with Stata) and aggregate data (extracted from StatCompiler and analysed in Excel and HEATPlus). The participants produced basic tabulations and graphics on inequalities in RMNCH. In the subsequent months the country teams conducted further analyses and compiled data on health system and services in their home countries. The second workshop brought together all data and analyses for their countries and for the region. Tools for analysis of survey data, annotated graphs and rich discussions on interpretation of the results furthered the analytical capacities and generated evidence for decision-making.

The participants produced and interpreted visualizations of levels and trends in inequalities in coverage and child mortality their countries in the region, including new insights into differences between the rich and the poor, subnational health system performance and urban progress. The network is continuing to work on regional publications on these subjects and planning further analysis meetings on the generation of health statistics from health facility data and other topics.