Global Health Observatory (GHO) data

Antenatal care


Many health problems in pregnant women can be prevented, detected and treated during antenatal care visits with trained health workers. WHO recommends a minimum of four antenatal visits, comprising interventions such as tetanus toxoid vaccination, screening and treatment for infections, and identification of warning signs during pregnancy.

Globally, the proportion of women receiving antenatal care at least once during pregnancy was 83% for the period 2007–2014. However, only 64% of pregnant women received the recommended minimum of four antenatal care visits or more, suggesting that large expansions in antenatal care coverage are still needed.