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Thrive – Reproductive and Maternal Health

Thrive – Reproductive and Maternal Health

Sierra Leone Multiple Indicator Survey 2017

In a report published by the Sierra Leone Multiple Health Indicator Cluster Survey 2017 revealed that  the main findings of the survey on a range of reproductive and maternal health indicators, starting  with levels of fertility  and levels the trends in early childbearing .

According to the report in details states that, tables on contraceptive use and unmet need for contraception are followed by a series of topics that depict main maternal health indicators, from antenatal care to postnatal care including, antenatal care, neonatal tetanus, delivery care, birth weight and postnatal care and that the last part of the survey is devoted to sexual behavior and HIV/AIDS.

The survey also updates that, measures of the current Fertility for the three-year period preceding the survey was successful and that a three year period was chosen for calculating rates to provide the most current information, while also allowing the rates to be calculated for a sufficient number of cases so as not to compromise the statistical precision of the estimates.

In addition, the survey continued to state the current fertility measures which were presented in a table format by urban and rural residence adding  that Age – Specific Fertility rates (ASFRs) is expressed as the number of births per 1,000 women in a specified age group and  show the age pattern of fertility. Numerators for ASFRs are calculated by identifying live births that occurred in the three-year period preceding the survey, classified according to the age of the mother (in five-year age groups) at the same time of the child’s birth.

The Sierra Leone Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey divulged further that, the Total Fertility Rate (TFR) is a synthetic measure that denotes the number of live births a woman would have if she were subject to the current age-specific fertility rates throughout her reproductive years (15-49 years) nothing that the General Fertility Rates (GFR) is the number of live births occurring during the specified period per 1,000 women age 15-49.

In conclusion the survey reiterated that, Crude Birth Rate (CBR) is the number of live births per 1,000 populations during the specified period of the entire exercise.

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