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Table 2 Description of the variables used to measure effects of the Free Maternity Service Policy

From: Effects of implementing free maternity service policy in Kenya: an interrupted time series analysis

Indicator Use of the indicator in the evaluation Data requirements Data source
Number of women with at least one antenatal care visit This indicator will give information about the level of utilisation of antenatal care by pregnant women The number of women presenting in maternity with at least one or more antenatal care visits during the evaluation period MOH 333-maternity register
Number of births attended by skilled birth attendants, The indicator will give information about the utilisation of health facilities by women during birth. The number of all deliveries attended by skilled birth attendant (doctors, nurses or midwives) during the evaluation period. MOH 333-maternity register
Number of pregnant women identified with obstetric complication (antepartum and postpartum hemorrhage, preeclampsia, eclampsia, prolonged labour and rupture uterus) and attended The indicator will give information about the utilisation and accessibility of health facilities. The number of all pregnant women identified with obstetric complication and attended in level 3, 4, and 5 health facilities during the evaluation period. MOH 333-maternity register
Caesarean-sections as a proportion of all births. The indicator will give information about the utilisation of services. (minimum 5%, maximum15%) The numerator is the number of caesarean sections performed during the evaluation period. The denominator is the total number of births recorded during the evaluation period. MOH 333-maternity register
Number of livebirths The indicator will give information about the utilisation of health facilities for childbirth. The number of live births recorded in the sampled facilities during the evaluation period. MOH 333-maternity register
Still birth rate The indicator will be used as a proxy measure of quality of maternal health care. The nominator is the number of stillbirths (fetal deaths of 28 or more weeks) that occurred during the during the evaluation period. The denominator is number of births (live births + stillbirths) recorded during the evaluation period. MOH 333-maternity register.