What to measure and why? Experience developing monitoring indicators for an emerging maternal health issue: the case of obstetric fistula

Authors

  • Carrie NGONGO EngenderHealth, 440 9th Ave. Fl 13, New York, NY, 10001 USA
  • Evelyn LANDRY EngenderHealth, 440 9th Ave. Fl 13, New York, NY, 10001 USA
  • Karen LEVIN EngenderHealth, 440 9th Ave. Fl 13, New York, NY, 10001 USA
  • Simon NDIZEYE EngenderHealth/Uganda, 143 Kira Road, Kamwokya, Kampala, 34016, Uganda
  • Iretioluwa SUTTON EngenderHealth/Nigeria, 7B Ona Crescent, Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria
  • Vandana TRIPATHI EngenderHealth, 440 9th Ave. Fl 13, New York, NY, 10001 USA

Keywords:

Indicators, monitoring, Health Management Information System, maternal health, fistula.

Abstract

The field of obstetric fistula has historically lacked common definitions for measuring needs and outcomes. This paper recounts the process of developing, refining, and using standardized monitoring indicators as part of a fistula prevention and repair project in fourteen countries—Bangladesh, Benin, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Togo, and Uganda. The process included collaborative indicator development, introducing standardized data collection at health facilities, and promoting the integration of fistula indicators into national health management information systems (HMIS) to enable continued measurement and support for fistula treatment services. As monitoring of obstetric fistula continues to become more standardized and routine, the multi-country scope of the project has enabled a wide-ranging effort through which indicators for an emerging maternal health content were introduced and applied.

Published

2015-03-27

How to Cite

NGONGO, C., LANDRY, E., LEVIN, K., NDIZEYE, S., SUTTON, I., & TRIPATHI, V. (2015). What to measure and why? Experience developing monitoring indicators for an emerging maternal health issue: the case of obstetric fistula. Journal of Health Informatics in Developing Countries, 9(1). Retrieved from https://www.jhidc.org/index.php/jhidc/article/view/133

Issue

Section

Research Articles