This is the first national report on data from Sierra Leone's Maternal Death Surveillance and Response (MDSR) system since it was established in 2015. It includes data from 663 maternal deaths between January and December 2016. This report highlights progress in institutionalising MDSR, gives an overview of maternal deaths from 2016 and includes recommendations for improving MDSR implementation as well as solutions to address the main causes of maternal deaths. To download the full report for free, click here. To read a summary of the key findings and recommendations, click here. To read a blog about the release, click [more]
This is the second national report on maternal death surveillance and response (MDSR) data from Ethiopia. It presents data reported to the national MDSR database in the Ethiopian Financial Year (EFY) 2008 (2015-16). In 2008 EFY, 633 maternal deaths were reported; this is 6% of the expected maternal deaths and an increase from 387 deaths between 2006 and 2007 EFY (2013-15). The MDSR system has now been rolled-out to all regions in the country and includes data on deaths in the community and in facilities. In 2008 EFY the number of hospitals in Ethiopia grew significantly. Health-facility deaths now make up nearly 40% of investigated cases, which has contributed to an [more]
Professor Affette McCaw-Binns, a Reproductive Health Epidemiologist at the University of the West Indies (Mona) and Dr Simone Spence, Director of Family Health Services at the Ministry of Health in Jamaica explain how legislation and policy strengthened the reporting of maternal deaths in Jamaica. This case study describes how the policy framework was amended to improve the reporting of maternal deaths and how other interventions implemented simultaneously together strengthen the maternal death surveillance and response (MDSR) system. Background In the early 1980s1,2, maternal deaths in Jamaica were significantly under-reported in vital registration records by as much as 75%. With over 80% of all live births occurring in public hospitals2 it was suggested that [more]
In Nigeria, the Evidence for Action (E4A)-MamaYe programme has continued to provide extensive support to the implementation of maternal and perinatal death surveillance and response (MPDSR) at sub-national levels from October to December 2016. The programme assisted the Lagos State MPDSR Committee and the Lagos State Accountability Mechanism for maternal, newborn and child health (LASAM) to develop the State-level Facility MPDSR Scorecard. Data from May to July, 2016 from 17 general hospitals with MNCH services were submitted and presented in the scorecard (see excerpt, below). A total of 68 maternal deaths occurred over the three months and the highest number of deaths were due to hypertensive disorders of pregnancy accounting for 43% [more]
The Maternal Death Surveillance and Response (MDSR) Action Network is a global network of academics, researchers, health professionals, grassroots practitioners, activists and policymakers who are committed to maternal survival.
Each maternal death has an important story to tell and can provide insights and point to practical ways to prevent avoidable deaths in the future.
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