Sexual and reproductive health

Evaluating the quality of care for severe pregnancy complications

The WHO near-miss approach for maternal health

World Health Organization, Department of Reproductive Health and Research

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Publication details

Number of pages: 29
Publication date: 2011
Languages: English
ISBN: 978 92 4 150222 1 - Web only


This guide is intended for health-care workers, programme managers and policy-makers who are responsible for the quality of maternal health care within a health-care facility or of the entire health system. It presents a standard approach for monitoring the implementation of critical interventions in maternal health care and proposes a systematic process for assessing the quality of care.