Knowledge of Warning Signs in Pregnancy
English: number of women of reproductive age who are able to state at least four warning signs during pregnancy
Français: to be added later
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Português: to be added later
What is its purpose?
The indicator assesses the proportion of women of reproductive age aware of at least four warning signs during pregnancy – a key pre-condition for seeking timely and appropriate care.
How to Collect and Analyse the Required Data
Collect the following data by conducting individual interviews with a representative sample of women of reproductive age:
RECOMMENDED SURVEY QUESTIONS (Q) AND POSSIBLE ANSWERS (A)
Q1: During pregnancy, woman may encounter severe problems or illnesses which require her to go or be taken immediately to a health facility. What types of symptoms would cause you to go immediately to a health facility for a medical examination?
1) vaginal bleeding
2) fast/ difficult breathing
3) high fever
4) severe abdominal pain
5) headache/ blurred vision
7) foul smelling discharge/ fluid from vagina
8) baby stops moving
9) leaking brownish/ greenish fluid from the vagina
10) swelling of face, hands or feet
Note: If less than four signs are stated, keep probing: “Are there any other warning signs you know?”
To calculate the indicator’s value, divide the respondents aware of at least four of the pre-defined warning signs by the total number of respondents. Multiply the result by 100 to convert it to a percentage.
Disaggregate the data by the number of pregnancies the women had.
1) In addition to using this indicator, also consider using a slightly revised indicator for assessing the knowledge important family members have. For example, mothers-in-law, mothers or husbands.