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Table 1 Definition of the selected indicators used in the study

From: District level inequality in reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health coverage in India

Need for family planning satisfied (FP)Percentage of currently married women who say that they do not want any more children or that they want to wait 2 or more years before having another child, and are using contraception
Indicators for maternal and newborn care
 Skilled birth attendant (SBA)Percentage of live births in the five years before the survey attended by skilled health personnel (doctor, nurse, midwife or auxiliary midwife)
 Antenatal Care coverage (ANC)Percentage of women who were attended to at least once during pregnancy by skilled health personnel for reasons related to the pregnancy in the five years before the survey
Indicator of Immunization
 Measles vaccination (MSL)Percentage of children aged 12–23 months who are immunised against measles
 Diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus vaccination (DPT3)Percentage of children aged 12–23 months who received three doses of diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus
 BCG vaccination (BCG)Percentage of children aged 12–23 months currently vaccinated against BCG
Indicators for the treatment of sick children
 Oral rehydration therapy (ORT)Percentage of children under five year with diarrhoea in the past two weeks who received oral rehydration therapy (packets of oral rehydration salts, recommended home solution or increased fluids) and continued feeding
 Treatment of acute respiratory infection (PNCM)Percentage of children aged 0–59 months with suspected pneumonia (cough and dyspnoea) who sought care from a health provider
  1. Source: Boerma et al. 2008 [19]; Countdown 2008 equity analysis group