MNPI: Maternal and Neonatal Program Effort Index
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Worldwide, over 500,000 women and girls die of complications related to pregnancy and childbirth each year. The tragedy - and opportunity - is that most of these deaths can be prevented with cost-effective health care services.
POLICY's MNPI series provides country-specific data on maternal and neonatal health programs in more than 30 developing countries. Based on a study conducted by the Futures Group and funded through the MEASURE Evaluation Project, the MNPI is a tool that can be used to:
Using a tested methodology for rating programs and services, reproductive health experts rated more than 80 aspects of maternal and neonatal health programs. The MNPI country briefs are currently being used in training workshops to build the capacity of midwives to advocate for improved maternal and neonatal health programs. The briefs are also being used in policy dialogue venues to raise awareness of maternal health issues and help policymakers and program managers identify strategies for reducing maternal morbidity and mortality.
- Assess current health care services;
- Identify program strengths and weaknesses;
- Plan strategies to address deficiencies;
- Encourage political and popular support for appropriate action; and
- Track progress over time.
Click on the links below to download country briefs. Please check back periodically as more country briefs are added.
To learn more about the original MNPI study, the MEASURE Evaluation Project offers the working paper "Rating Maternal and Neonatal Health Programs in Developing Countries" (Document No. WP0026, August 2000).