In 2009, the Government of Malawi established the National Committee on Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths. The Committee are tasked with producing national reports on maternal deaths in a given time period in order to guide actions and responses to prevent future maternal deaths. The first report produced by the Committee investigates maternal deaths that took place between 2008 and 2012.
The retrospective review of records from 27/28 districts included 1433 maternal deaths that took place in facilities or en route to a facility between 2008-2012 (inc.). In total, 57% were due to direct causes including haemorrhage (14% of all maternal deaths), pre-eclampsia (14%), sepsis (10%), and abortion (10%). Key indirect causes of deaths included: anaemia (19%), malaria (15%), and HIV/AIDS (8%).
The report, made public in May 2015, explains the methods of the enquiry, presents the findings, and provides recommendations for action.
To read the report, click here.