Global Health Observatory (GHO)

Antenatal care (at least 4 visits)

Situation

Less than half the women in the poorest 20% urban households are likely to receive antental care (4 visits) in Africa and Asia. Coverage among women in the richest 20% urban households in Africa and Asia is 1.6 and 1.8 times higher, respectively, than that among women in the poorest 20% urban households.


Trends

On average, there was no improvement in antenatal care coverage among women in the poorest 20% urban households in Africa between 1990–1999 and 2000–2011. Antenatal care coverage has increased in urban areas of Africa, Americas and Asia by 3%, 16% and 17%, respectively, between the 1990–1999 and 2000–2011. Coverage of antenatal care among women in the poorest 20% urban households increased by 26% in the Americas and 16% in Asia. During the same period, inequalities in coverage of antenatal care, as measured by the rate ratios between the richest 20% and poorest 20% urban women, has increased in Africa but decreased in Americas and Asia.

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