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Call for the Stillbirth rate to be included as an indicator for Strategy by Fred : January 30, 2016, 07:55:08 AM
Dear Colleagues,

We want to bring to your attention to an opportunity to influence the process for selecting the core indicators for the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, 2015-2030. As many of you know, the operational framework for the Global Strategy is currently under development. WHO is seeking expert inputs on the core indicators. The
Sustainable Development Goals do not have a target
or indicator for stillbirth; however we have this
opportunity to have a stillbirth target included as one
of core indicators for the Global Strategy.

Targets to end preventable stillbirths were set in the
Every Newborn Action Plan, and endorsed by 194
countries at the World Health Assembly in 2014.

Every Newborn target for stillbirth: all countries to
reach the target of 12 or fewer stillbirths per 1,000
total births and continue to close the equity gap.
By ensuring all stillbirths are counted, we can monitor
the extent of the incidence of stillbirth in every country and monitor progress. Counting stillbirths will track and improve quality of care for women and children because efforts to prevent stillbirths include quality antenatal care and care at childbirth and these will also prevent maternal and newborn deaths and
improve health outcomes for children through their
lifecourse. This represents a quadruple return on

It is important for all four mortality outcome indicators (Stillbirth Rate plus MMR, NMR and U5MR) to be included in order to capture the full potential of
investment (maternal, newborn, child and stillbirth).
This is set out clearly in the recent Lancet Series
which also demonstrates that the stillbirth rate is a
sensitive marker of quality and equity of health care.

Next steps: The Global Strategy operational plan and
how you can input:
The operational framework for the Global Strategy is
currently under development and they are seeking
expert inputs on the core indicators to monitor
progress. Stillbirths are reflected in this framework,
but are not as yet included as a core indicator. The
stillbirth rate should be included as one of the core
indicators for the Global Strategy because this

1. Meets the criteria set by the World Health
2. Responds to the recommendations of the
independent Expert Review Group;
3. Does “double duty” and links to multiple targets
in the Global Strategy;
4. Addresses the UN’s commitment to “no one left
behind”; We are asking you to take action and make the case for inclusion of stillbirth rate as a core indicator for the Global Strategy by completing the survey by 31 January at

A further consultation process will be undertaken by technical experts in Geneva on 18-19 February 2016. The goal of the expert consultation will be to produce a final core list of 10-15 indicators aligned with the Global Strategy goals, and to highlight the reporting needs and mechanisms for monitoring this set of indicators.

Action: please complete the survey (as an individual
and for your organization) to help secure the inclusion of stillbirths in the accountability framework for the operational plan of the Global Strategy.
We appreciate your continued support.

Many thanks!

Olive Cocoman
Coordinator, Every Newborn Partnership
c/o Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and
Adolescent Health
World Health Organization
20, Avenue Appia CH-1211 Geneva 27
Tel: +41227912684
Mob: +41 788 99 6045
Skype: ococoman

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