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Indicator 3.1.2: Proportion of births attended by skilled health personnel

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Percentage of births attended to by skilled health personnel

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Source: Ghana Statistical Service, Demographic and Health Survey

Geographical Area: National

Unit of Measurement: Percentage (%)

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This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from Ghana statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from Ghanaian statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other Ghanaian-specific metadata information.

Indicator available Percentage of women giving birth in medical facilities
Indicator description This indicator measures the proportion of deliveries attended by health personnel trained in providing lifesaving obstetric care, including giving the necessary supervision, care and advice to women during pregnancy, labour and the post-partum period, conducting deliveries on their own, and caring for newborns. Traditional birth attendants, even if they receive a short training course, are not included. A maternity is a pregnancy resulting in the birth of one or more children including stillbirths. A stillbirth is a baby born after 24 or more weeks completed gestation and which did not, at any time, breathe or show signs of life.
Geographical coverage National
Unit of measurement Percentage (%)
Definitions Delivery assistance for all live births in the preceding five years by a doctor, midwife, nurse or community health nurse. Percentage of births attended to by skilled health personnel (generally doctors, nurses or midwives) is the percentage of deliveries attended by health personnel trained in providing lifesaving obstetric care, including giving the necessary supervision, care and advice to women during pregnancy, labour and the post-partum period, conducting deliveries on their own, and caring for new-borns. Traditional birth attendants, even if they receive a short training course, are not included.
Calculations Total number of live births in the preceding five years assisted by a doctor, midwife, nurse or community health nurse (skilled health provider) divided by total number of live births in the preceding five years and multiplied by 100
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Last updated 16-11-2018

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name Proportion of births attended by skilled health personnel
Indicator number 3.1.2
Target name By 2030, reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births
Target number 3.1
Global indicator description Percentage of births attended to by skilled health personnel
UN designated tier 1
UN custodian agency United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEFF)
Link to UN metadata United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Metadata (PDF 374 KB) opens in a new window
Organisation Ghana Statistical Service, Demographic and Health Survey
Periodicity 5 years
Earliest available data 1993
Geographical coverage National
Link to data source National Data Archive (GSS) opens in a new window
Release date 2014
Next release 2019
Statistical classification Official Statistics
Contact details info@statsghana.gov.gh
Other information There has been an increase in the number of births attended by skilled health personnel between 2003 and 2014. Mother’s with higher levels of education and income levels are more likely to be attended to by skilled health providers during child birth. The percentage of births attended to by skilled health providers did not vary significantly with age.