UNFPA Launches New Online Database, Country Profiles to Track Progress in Maternal and Reproductive Health
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has recently launched MDG 5b+ Info, an online database system designed to track global progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and other related indicators of maternal health at the country level. Adapted from the UN-endorsed DevInfo database system, MDG 5b+ Info compiles the latest relevant household survey data with international data and allows for easy generation of tables, graphs and maps for inclusion in presentations, reports and advocacy materials.
The MDG 5b+ Info database contains data on sexual and reproductive health indicators drawn from national Demographic and Health Surveys and other MDG indicators at the global, national and sub-national levels, where available. The MDG 5b+ Info database is published online by UNFPA at www.devinfo.info/mdg5b, providing worldwide access to this important dataset. Policy makers and planners are encouraged to access the data to support evidence-based decision making on issues related to maternal and reproductive health.
Along with the MDG 5b+ Info database come detailed country profiles providing short summaries of the levels, trends and differentials for three of the four indicators under MDG Target 5b: adolescent birth rate, contraceptive prevalence rate and unmet need for contraception. The profiles, which are accessible from the online database itself, can also be viewed at http://www.devinfo.org/di_profile.html.
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