Reasons to Retire the Skilled Birth Attendant Indicator and Proposed Alternatives

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By: Susan B. Aradeon, International Social and Behavior Change Consultant

Monitoring the skilled birth attendant (SBA) indicator for the Millennium Development Goals did not demonstrate the expected outcomes. It appears that SBA did catalyze significant maternal mortality reductions, but not in the low-resource districts and nations where the greatest challenges lie. As Stephen Hodgins suggested in his recent blog post about the SBA indicator, we need to reassess its global utility and consider alternative measures…read more