Pregnant women receiving prenatal care (%)

Definition: Pregnant women receiving prenatal care are the percentage of women attended at least once during pregnancy by skilled health personnel for reasons related to pregnancy.

Description: The map below shows how Pregnant women receiving prenatal care (%) 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 United Arab Emirates, with a value of 100.00. The country with the lowest value in the world is Somalia, with a value of 31.10.

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. Good prenatal and postnatal care improves maternal health and reduces maternal and infant mortality. However, indicators on use of antenatal care services provide no information on the content or quality of the services. Data on antenatal care are obtained mostly from household surveys, which ask women who have had a live birth whether and from whom they received antenatal care.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual

General Comments: Good prenatal and postnatal care improve maternal health and reduce maternal and infant mortality.