Watch this video interview with our Network Founder, Louise Hulton, about the MDSR Action Network.
The mortality audit (or review) process is an established tool to assess the events around a death. Applying an audit cycle can highlight breakdowns from local to national levels and ultimately improve civil registration and vital statistic (CRVS) systems and quality of care. Maternal death surveillance and response (MDSR) is a form of this strategy that has been used by many countries.
Less information, however, has been captured and assessed on stillbirths and neonatal deaths. In 2014, 51 priority countries reported having a policy on maternal death notification, and only 17 countries had a policy for reporting and reviewing stillbirths and neonatal deaths.
We asked six experts from Malaysia, Ireland, Ethiopia and India about the importance of multi-disciplinary teams in maternal death surveillance and response (MDSR) systems. Here are the insights they shared with us.
Our contributors have all worked closely with MDSR (or maternal death review also known as MDR, which is a component of MDSR) in various guises, contexts and parts of the world. We have drawn together common themes from their insights to draw out lessons learned for the successful implementation of multi-disciplinary health actor involvement in MDSR.
In this video put together by the Health & Education Advice & Resource Team (HEART), Dr Matthews Mathai from the World Health Organization introduces maternal death surveillance and response.
Dr Matthews Mathai is Coordinator, Epidemiology, Monitoring and Evaluation & Focal Point, Maternal and Perinatal Health at the Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child & Adolescent Health at the World Health Organization. Continue reading