Dr Matthews Mathai (WHO) on maternal death surveillance and response

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.

In this short video, he puts the stress on the many factors behind maternal deaths including delays in recognising that there is a problem, delays in deciding to seek care, and delays in receiving appropriate care. Maternal Death Surveillance and Response is presented as a key strategy providing vital evidence on each death and exploring what could have been done to avoid or prevent the death, in order to save more lives in the future.