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]
Doubling the number of maternal deaths identified. Accurate and cost-efficient method of measuring the maternal mortality ratio. Strengthened relationships and trust between health facilities and communities they serve. Community actions to prevent future deaths: establishing mobile antenatal care clinics, arranging community meetings to explore traditional beliefs and mobilising funds for bicycle ambulances. These are some of the key results from a community-linked maternal death review (CLMDR) pilot that ran from 2011-2012 in Mchinji district, Malawi. Presented by Dr Tim Colbourn, Lecturer in Global Health Epidemiology and Evaluation at the University College London (UCL) Institute for Global Heath, the results of the study show the importance of involving communities in the [more]
Visit the new Ethiopia MDSR Resource Hub on the Action Network website! Read what the Minister of Health thinks about the power of MDSR. Watch a short film of how MDSR is saving lives in Ethiopia. Browse the first National Report on MDSR data; download the policy briefs on quality of care and strengthening maternal death surveillance; and much [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.
This website is a space to share key guidance and tools, relevant resources and stories of change in the field of MDSR, that can help you set up, implement and strengthen MDSR in your own settings. This is your Action Network, and this is your website!
We look forward to inspiring discussions and actions to save mothers’ lives!