Part 1

Evidence base and systematic reviews underpinning WHO Antenatal Care recommendations

The evidence which forms the basis of the WHO recommendations on antenatal care for a positive pregnancy experience is available in detail in the WHO's Reproductive Health Library (RHL).

Part 2

Links to the other relevant WHO guidance
related to maternal health

ANC-relevant recommendations from previous and current guidance produced by WHO departments are available here for the purpose of providing a comprehensive repository for end-users.

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Part 3

Tools created for policymakers
and health care workers

Since the publication of the WHO ANC recommendations, the WHO has developed tools to support their adaptation and implementation.


Instruction Manual for the WHO ANC recommendations adaptation toolkit

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This user-friendly manual aims to guide stakeholders through updating their national ANC policies using the toolkit. It includes detailed instructions on the process to complete the different components of the Baseline Assessment Tool (BAT) and the necessary supplementary materials.

Baseline Assessment Tool (BAT)

The BAT consists of a Microsoft Excel file including sub-components (a-c): Component a, the situational analysis tool; Component b, the recommendations mapping; Component c: the country-specific ANC package (Output 1) & SWOT analysis for implementing new or updated ANC recommendations (Output 2).

Qualitative Evidence Syntheses (QES) Slidedoc®

This PowerPoint built using Duarte Slidedoc® format details how the QES were employed, to inform the ANC recommendations (regarding values and acceptability), and shape the entire guideline development process, explaining the focus on a ‘positive pregnancy experience’.
The framework is based on the new ANC model to track implementation and establish global standards. The framework was created by a three-pronged approach. Results from this process are published in a scoping review and lessons from the South African implementation experience.
FOR healthcare workers :

WHO is developing a digital decision support and person-centered tracking tool for health care providers, based on WHO guidelines-derived algorithms (for conditions such as anemia, pre-eclampsia/eclampsia, etc.) which incorporates patient management and reporting as well as integrates with health management information systems (HMIS) and local electronic medical records (EMRs) systems. The WHO digital ANC module will be released alongside a WHO Digital Accelerator Kit for ANC, representing the health and data content requirements for use in any software and aligned with the WHO ANC Recommendations. In settings where there is an already established digital software system for ANC, the digital accelerator kits can be used to ensure that the health content within local digital system is consistent with the recommended data elements and decision support algorithms.


Part 4

Other resources – all ANC related
communications materials

New tools to help ensure a positive pregnancy experience for women

Using qualitative research to strengthen guideline development

Positive experiences, key to antenatal care uptake and quality

Evidence brief: Ultrasound examination recommendation

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Evidence brief: Summary of WHO recommendations on ANC for a positive pregnancy experience

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Evidence brief: Implementing malaria in pregnancy programs in the context of WHO recommendations on ANC for a positive pregnancy experience

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What matters to women during pregnancy: a different approach to antenatal care

WHO maternal health website

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