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Indicators of maternal child health.

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The introduction outlines the reasons for the priority of maternal and child health emphasizing the relatively simple resources required. The aims of such programmes must be identified and the results measured so that services can be monitored and evaluated. Categories of measurement are defined and indicators of maternal child health identified within these categories. A chapter is devoted to an outline of the principal non-medical determinants based on material from the Inter-American Investigation of Childhood Mortality. The significance of the principal indicators viz. the perinatal mortality rate, the infant mortality rate, the maternal mortality rate and growth and development data are compared. Chapter lV presents a report of a questionnaire study into local indices viz. Stillbirth rates, Caesarean Section rates and Maternal Mortality rates. The uptake of certain clinic services was also determined. Differences between groups and possible reasons for these are discussed. The final chapter points out the need for accurate birth and death registration and a reliable health information system and suggests methods for achieving this. Recommendations are made for upgrading the collection of data and for improving maternal and child health by research and peripheralization of services.


Thesis (M.Med.)-University of Natal, Durban, 1981.


Maternal health services., Mothers--Mortality., Infants--Mortality., Theses--Public health medicine.