A Story of a Pregnant Mother in Ethiopia

“This short film highlights the value of Ethiopia’s maternal death surveillance and response – MDSR – system by bringing to life the benefits this can generate for pregnant women and all in our society.

In the Ethiopian Ministry of Health MDSR is one of our flagship programmes. Using the data generated by the MDSR system, we have the power to make evidence-based decisions that improve quality of care and target responses to where they will be most effective in saving lives. We support a no-blame culture necessary for successful MDSR. A no-blame culture is important because we need everybody to feel supported in reporting maternal deaths when they occur whether it is in a facility or at home. Then our teams will review and report into the system on each death.

Most importantly, we are taking action in response to every death – from the community to the national level. This nationwide system has the power to save maternal lives now and for generations to come.”

Prof Yifru Berhan,
Minister of Ministry of Health of Ethiopia

The film was produced by the Ethiopian Ministry of Health, Evidence for Action, the World Health Organization and the University of Aberdeen.