In late 2016, two reports reflecting perinatal population statistics were released in South Africa: Perinatal Deaths in South Africa, 2014, which is the second annual report by Statistics South Africa (the government department mandated to produce statistical information) and the fifth Rapid Mortality Surveillance Report, 2015 by the Burden of Disease Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council. These reports provide the most recent national picture of the trends and causes of death of the perinatal population. This summary, written by Dr Natasha R Rhoda, Senior Neonatal Consultant at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town and the chairperson of the National Perinatal Mortality and Morbidity Committee in South Africa, concentrates on [more]
Watch the live recording of the event here! Event information Date and Time: Thursday 23rd March 2017, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm, followed by refreshments Location: John Snow Lecture Theatre, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), Keppel Street, London, WC1E 7HT, UK Overview: Mothers and their babies face greater risks to their survival during humanitarian crises. However, there is a dearth of evidence about how best to apply reproductive health interventions effectively in crisis settings. Understanding why women and their babies die in these specific circumstances is pivotal to designing appropriate interventions to prevent deaths from similar causes. This seminar will explore tools and approaches to maternal death surveillance and response (MDSR) in crisis settings with presentations [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.
Would you like to be part of a virtual network of professionals committed to using MDSR as the basis for action to improve quality of care? We envision a world where no mother dies of preventable causes. We believe that learning from maternal deaths represents a powerful force for change.
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