- Emergency obstetric and new born care (EmONC) refers to the care of women and new born during pregnancy, delivery, and the time after delivery (postpartum period) if or when a woman or her new born experiences serious complications.
- Maternal complications and maternal deaths significantly affect newly born children’s ability to survive and thrive. Neonatal outcomes and stillbirths are linked to maternal health. , and to the quality of care a mother receives during pregnancy, delivery, and in the immediate postpartum period.
- The objective of this section is to generate evidences on the current availability, utilization, and quality of EmONC and routine delivery services in Ethiopia.
MethodSources of Data:
Ethiopian Emergency obstetric and new born care survey 2016 dataset.
The analysis was conducted using count and percentages based on data obtained from EmONC facility assessment.
- In 2016, 40% were fully functioning as EmONC Facility.
- Of the total number of women with complications, 90% had direct obstetric complications of this 43% died.
- 18% of the visited health facilities with a source of electricity had a continuous supply of electricity at a national level while 8% reported to have interruption.
- Stillbirth rates that were twice the national rate or more were reported by Afar, Somali, Benishangul-Gumuz, Harari, and Dire Dawa.
- Referral hospitals and health centres had only half the number of maternity beds they need when compared to international standards.
- 53% had either a stand-alone maternity waiting home (MWH) or a dedicated room within the facility for women waiting for labor to begin. Gambella was the only region with no MWH.