Health policies that promote child survival need better data on stillbirths. It is important to collect stillbirth data to determine if improved delivery care practices or more attention to problems that crop up during pregnancy could increase a baby's chance of survival. This information can be used to more effectively design medical and midwifery curricula, develop community and facility-based health programmes, and monitor their progress.
While Immpact, a global research initiative, focusses mainly on measuring maternal health and survival, it acknowledges the importance of the maternal, newborn, and child health continuum and has been working to measure perinatal deaths, or those which occur in the last 12 weeks of pregnancy through the first week of life.
Evaluating Stillbirths. Improving stillbirth data could help make stillbirths a visible public health priority, Immpact, University of Aberdeen, UK, 2 pp.