Journal Article

More than mothers: Aligning indicators with women’s lives

Just as pregnancy is one of many experiences in a woman's life, reproductive health is only one crucial aspect of women's health. Despite the many challenges women face worldwide, with a disproportionate burden in low-income countries, the public health community too often uses only reproductive health indicators when measuring progress in women's health. This practice is shown most recently in the work of the UN Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health, the recommendations of which have the potential to shape how low-income countries collect data and report progress for years to come.