Maternal death reviews at Bugando hospital north-western Tanzania: a 2008–2012 retrospective analysis

This article by Moke Magoma and colleagues, published by BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth in December 2015, presents the findings of a statistical analysis of data from maternal death reviews (MDR) in Bugando Medical Centre, north-western Tanzania between 2008 and 2012. The study presents the findings from the analysis, as well as describing the challenges of the analysis and how it provided a greater understanding of maternal deaths. The authors found that routine MDRs in this setting were not complete, with key documentation missing, such as actions to address weaknesses in the system.  The authors conclude that the roll-out of new national guidelines in Tanzania may help to build capacity for tertiary institutions to carry-out training of health professionals in maternal and perinatal death reviews.