PMNCH briefing note on implementing maternal death surveillance and response

This PMNCH briefing note provides a short introduction to maternal death surveillance and response systems and will be useful to anyone looking for an overview of MDSR.

this briefing note was produced by the Partnership for Maternal Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) and the Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health at the World Health Organization, and was used as a “note for discussion” at the Asia-Pacific Leadership and Policy Dialogue in Manila (November 2012).

In just two pages, this document provides a clear overview of why MDSR systems are important, what they are, how to implement one with an example from Malaysia, and a list of additional resources. The summary is helpful to anyone wanting a general understanding of MDSRs and their implementation, with an option to find out more by going to the list of resources.

The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, & World Health Organization. (2012). Implementing Maternal Death Surveillance and Response (MDSR). Geneva: WHO.