Gender, equity and human rights

State of inequality: Reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health


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Publication details

Number of pages: 103
Publication date: 2015
Languages: English
ISBN: 9789241564908


The State of inequality: reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health report looks at the state of inequality in health, answering key questions: according to the latest available data, what is the status of inequality across and within countries? How have levels of health changed in population subgroups over time?

The objective of this report is to showcase best practices in reporting the state of inequality in low- and middle-income countries using high-quality data, sound and transparent analysis methods, and user-oriented, comprehensive reporting.

This report encompasses the latest status of inequality and changes over time across 23 RMNCH indicators, disaggregated by four dimensions of inequality (economic status, education, place of residence and sex). It draws on data from 86 lowand middle-income countries from all world regions. In a subset of 42 low- and middle-income countries (where data availability permitted), it was also possible to assess how the extent of inequality had changed over time.

The use of effective reporting practices helps to convey clear, salient messages about the state of inequality. Visualization technology facilitates the presentation and interpretation of large amounts of data, as results can be displayed using interactive, customizable views.