Inequities in sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (SRMNCAH) throughout the world mean that certain population subgroups have systematically worse health outcomes and poorer access to services and interventions. Addressing inequities in SRMNCAH is central to achieving universal health coverage, protecting human rights, advancing gender equality, combating discrimination and improving the social determinants of health. This course introduces the general steps of inequality monitoring in the context of SRMNCAH.
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Overview: Equity is essential to the Sustainable Development Goal principle of ‘leaving no one behind’, as well as central to the WHO 13th General Programme of Work (GPW 13) objective of ‘serving the vulnerable’. The Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016 – 2030) envisions a world in which every woman, child and adolescent realizes their rights to physical and mental health and well-being. It upholds a focus on the most disadvantaged people, prioritizing the importance of monitoring with an equity lens.
Regular monitoring and review of inequalities in SRMNCAH by stakeholders at regional, national and subnational levels is a critical input for evidence-based decision-making for equity-oriented SRMNCAH programming. The results of inequality monitoring can be used as an input (alongside other forms of knowledge and evidence) to determine where efforts are needed to accelerate improvements for disadvantaged subgroups.
This course examines the five general steps of inequality monitoring in the context of SRMNCAH. The target audience is primarily people involved in national SRMNCAH monitoring and evaluation efforts, including officers, plus programme managers who have basic knowledge and experience working with SRMNCAH data. The course may also be of interest to students and researchers.
Course duration: Approximately 2 hours.
Certificates: A Record of Achievement will be available to participants who score at least 80% across all graded assessments. Participants who receive a Record of Achievement can also download an Open Badge for this course. Click here to learn how.