Community-linked maternal death review (CLMDR) to measure and prevent maternal mortality: a pilot study in rural Malawi

At a MDSR Action Network event at Options, Dr Tim Colbourn from the University College London (UCL) Institute for Global Health presented the findings of his co-authored paper: Community-linked maternal death review (CLMDR) to measure and prevent maternal mortality: a pilot study in rural Malawi.

The article by Olivia Bayley and colleagues, published by BMJ Open in April 2015, describes a pilot study in rural Malawi which assesses the value of involving communities in investigating and responding to local maternal deaths. The pilot developed and implemented a community-led maternal death review system over a 1-year period in the Mchinji District of Malawi. The study found that engaging and empowering communities through the CLMDR system can help ensure effective review of maternal deaths, and can facilitate targeted response planning and accountability.

Dr Colbourn was previously part of the Evidence for Action consortium and is currently a lecturer at the UCL Institute for Global Health. His research includes maternal, newborn and child health interventions in communities and health facilities throughout Africa.

* For those in Malawi who are interested in receiving a DVD of Dr Colbourn’s presentation, please email us at mdsr@evidence4action.net stating your name, organisation and contact details so we can arrange to get the DVD to you.

Access to supplementary materials:

  • Click here to read the summary of this paper by Evidence for Action-MamaYe and to download this paper for free.
  • Read the full article here.
  • Visit here to read our blog, the Power of Communities: Strengthening Maternal Death Reporting…and Much More!
  • Browse the Ministry of Health’s training manual here for community focussed maternal death review (June 2011) which provides more details of the process and how it has been implemented in Mchinji district.
  • Download Dr Colbourn’s presentation here.

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