Maternal Death Surveillance and Response in East and Southern Africa

This article by Heather Scott and colleagues, published by the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Canada in October 2015, provides an overview of the status of MDSR implementation in East and Southern Africa by presenting key findings from 1) a knowledge-sharing regional meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa in November 2014, and 2) an evaluation of the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths in South Africa by UNFPA. The authors found that MDSR is still not at an optimal level in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa. More work by national authorities, communities, and development organisations is needed, particularly in addressing key challenges.