Watch the presentations below from the seminar series “Innovations in maternal and perinatal health in humanitarian settings: Exploring evidence and innovations to improve maternal and newborn survival among populations affected by humanitarian crises”:
Seminar 1: Innovations to improve maternal and newborn death surveillance to respond to future Ebola outbreaks
Presentation clip: Dr Benjamin Black, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Médecins Sans Frontières talks about the lack of data on maternal survival and mortality during the Ebola outbreak in 2014.
“Taking a human-rights based approach to health, making maternal death a notifiable event in law, and supporting this with policies for maternal death review, analysis and follow-up action, creates the preconditions necessary for successful implementation [of maternal death surveillance and response (MDSR)]”¹ (p.31).
While death review systems may draw from international guidance and be standardised to an extent across countries, legal regulations can vary and can support or hinder access to information, the conduct of an audit and the response to findings². Fear of litigation, can prevent the objective review of maternal deaths³, so having legal protection in place and ensuring an anonymous environment can encourage the sharing of information and involvement of health care workers in the MDSR system³. Similar principles can also support the investigation of stillbirths and neonatal deaths².
To gain a better understanding of how legal and policy frameworks support the successful implementation of MDSR, we developed a three-part series, publishing: