Births attended by skilled health staff (% of total)

Definition: Births attended by skilled health staff are the percentage of deliveries attended by personnel trained to give the necessary supervision, care, and advice to women during pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period; to conduct deliveries on their own; and to care for newborns.

Description: The map below shows how Births attended by skilled health staff (% of total) varies by country. The shade of the country corresponds to the magnitude of the indicator. The darker the shade, the higher the value. The country with the highest value in the world is Lithuania, with a value of 100.00. The country with the lowest value in the world is Ethiopia, with a value of 15.50.

Source: UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, and Demographic and Health Surveys.

See also: Country ranking, Time series comparison

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Limitations and Exceptions: For the indicators that are from household surveys, the year refers to the survey year. For more information, consult the original sources.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Reproductive health is a state of physical and mental well-being in relation to the reproductive system and its functions and processes. Means of achieving reproductive health include education and services during pregnancy and childbirth, safe and effective contraception, and prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. Complications of pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death and disability among women of reproductive age in developing countries. The share of births attended by skilled health staff is an indicator of a health system's ability to provide adequate care for pregnant women.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual

General Comments: Relevance to gender indicator: Women who are assisted by trained professionals is important to decrease maternal deaths during childbirths. The share of births attended by skilled health staff is an indicator of a health system’s ability to provide adequate care for pregnant women.