Every newborn has the right to survive and thrive, yet 4.4 million die each year as newborns and stillbirths. Timely and accurate data on coverage, equity, and quality of care are essential to track progress towards ending preventable stillbirths, newborn deaths, and disabilities. However, the settings with the highest burden of deaths have the least data—the “inverse data law.”
On May 17, 2022, Data for Impact hosted a webinar on the Every Newborn-Measurement Improvement for Newborn & Stillbirth Indicators (EN-MINI) Tools for Routine Health Information Systems. The EN-MINI tools MAP newborn data in routine health information systems, explore current USE of newborn data for decision-making, and identify how to IMPROVE newborn data quality. The tools are free, easy to use, and generate automated reports for sub-national and national use. EN-MINI tools were designed to advance newborn data in support of the Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP) to count every newborn through measurement, program tracking, and accountability.
This webinar was led by the Every Newborn-Birth Indicator Research Tracking in Hospitals (EN-BIRTH) 2 study team who co-created the EN-MINI tools as part of collaborative research between The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine UK, icddr,b Bangladesh, Ifakara Health Institute Tanzania, and Data for Impact (D4I), with support from USAID. During the first 45 minutes, the team demonstrated how to use the EN-MINI tools and presented findings from their application in Bangladesh and Tanzania. This was followed by a panel discussion and interactive Q&A session for 45 minutes.