Monthly Archives: May 2014

Welcome to the MDSR Action Network

We are delighted to welcome you to the MDSR Action Network’s very own website!

On here we host all the material we have so far shared with you through our various newsletters. We also have created space for you to interact with peers and colleagues.

We hope the website grows to become a key source of all MDSR-related information and support for you.

Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990 to 2013

The recent report on MMR estimates for 2013 that was released by the UN agencies – Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990 to 2013 – shows a 45% decline in global maternal deaths between 1990 and 2013. The burden and risk of maternal death remains the highest in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia with these regions accounting for 62% and 24% of the deaths, respectively. Whilst absolute numbers show that India and Nigeria account for one third of all global maternal deaths, country level MMR estimates show that Sierra Leone records the highest (1100), and Chad and Somalia have the highest lifetime risk of maternal death. Giving birth is becoming safer, but not yet at the rate at which it should to meet the MDG targets in several countries. Continue reading

Autopsy-certified maternal mortality at Ile-Ife, Nigeria

An article – Autopsy-certified maternal mortality at Ile-Ife, Nigeria, by Amatare Dinyain, G Olutoyin Omoniyi-Esan, Olaejirinde O Olaofe, et al, published in the International Journal of Women’s Health 2014:6 41–46, reports on findings based on a retrospective review of post-mortem autopsies of maternal deaths at a hospital in Nigeria over a 5-year period. Continue reading

The Maternal Survival Action Network in Sierra Leone

The Maternal Survival Action Network in Sierra Leone was established in May 2013.  The network has been active and in March 2014, the members convened at a meeting hosted by the Office of the First Lady in Sierra Leone. Strategic partners including the First Lady, UNAIDS, the Global Fund, the RCH Directorate and programme, the Internal Rescue Committee, the Health for All Coalition, Safe Blood Services, and the National MDR Committee Representatives attended this meeting  to discuss potential actions based on MDR recommendations.  Continue reading