State of inequality in the World: Reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH)

State of inequality in the World: Reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH)

The report State of inequality in the World: (RMNCH) Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health contains both encouraging and discouraging comments regarding the situation in low- and middle-income nations. On the one hand, within-country disparities have lessened, with a trend toward national gains led by quicker progress among disadvantaged subgroups. Using comparable and publically available data from 86 low- and middle-income countries, this report showcases sound and transparent analytical methods and user-oriented, comprehensive reporting practices.

Latest Situation of In-equalities.

In terms of national numbers, the most recent condition of inequality in RMNCH shows inequities across low- and middle-income nations. Within-country inequalities varied by health indicator. Maternal health intervention indicators revealed significant within-country disparities. The highest coverage discrepancies were recorded for births attended by competent health staff, followed by prenatal care coverage (between the richest and poorest, the most and least educated, and urban and rural locations) (at least four visits). Inequalities in prenatal care coverage (at least one visit) were also identified, but to a smaller extent than in the two previously described maternal health treatments.


Inequalities exist in numerous domains and may be quantified using a variety of measures. Inequalities are frequently assessed by comparing the national average values of an indicator across nations. Such national data, however, do not take into account disparities that exist inside nations, that is, between the many subgroups that make up the national population. In addition to cross-country inequality, it is critical to include within-country inequality, which encompasses the diverse experiences of men and women, boys and girls, rural and urban people, rich and poor, young and elderly, educated and uneducated, and so on.

Monitoring health inequalities is an important step toward attaining health equity. It has a wide range of uses and may be used to investigate a variety of health issues. Using best practices in health disparity monitoring allows you to discuss the state of inequality with stakeholders, identify areas for change, and track progress over time. The document is from WHO

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