Maternal and Perinatal Death Inquiry and Response (MAPEDIR): Empowering communities to avert maternal deaths in India

This document, produced by UNICEF in 2008, describes the Maternal and Perinatal Death Inquiry and Response (MAPEDIR) initiative implemented in 16 districts in India. The MAPEDIR tool is a detailed autopsy questionnaire, which aims to capture, from relatives or those close to the deceased woman, individual, familial, socio-cultural, economic and environmental factors missing from medical records. The document describes the development, implementation, key findings, obstacles and opportunities of the MAPEDIR initiative in India. The initiative found that the generation of data by the community highlighted areas where several deaths had occurred and stimulated responses by the community and health providers.