Following a successful pilot in Thakurgaon district in 2010 by UNICEF1,2,3, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoH & FW) of Bangladesh has taken the lead and made a commitment to gradually scale up maternal and perinatal death surveillance and response (MPDSR) across the entire country by 2021.
The national guideline for MPDSR has been approved and the Quality Improvement Secretariat of the Health Economics Unit at the MOH & FW is working with key stakeholders including Directorate General of Health Services, Directorate General of Family Planning, UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO, The Centre for Injury Prevention and Research, Bangladesh and other partners to plan for the roll out in a phase wise manner.
To date, MPDR/ MPDSR is being implemented in 17 out of Bangladesh’s 64 districts with support from UNICEF in 13 districts and, Save the Children in four districts, with implementation due to take place in two more districts supported by UNFPA in 2016. A series of planning meetings are being conducted by the MoH & FW with the experts to finalise the roll out plan, determining training modalities, review processes, etc. UNICEF, Bangladesh has been providing technical and implementation support to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for rolling out MPDSR in collaboration with UNFPA and WHO.
Recent activities include:
- A six-member team comprising representatives from the MOH & FW, professional societies, UNICEF and WHO attended the regional MPDSR Meeting organised by the WHO’s South East Asia Regional Office in February 2016, where progress on MPDSR in Bangladesh to date and plans for the country wide phase wide scale up by 2020.
- National MPDSR tools (death notification, community verbal autopsies, facility death reviews) have been simplified by MOH & FW. Key variables incorporated in District Health Information System software of Management Information System of Directorate General of Family Planning which will enable real time data tracking
- MPDSR national guideline sharing workshop was organized by the Health Economics Unit, MOH & FW in Chittagong division in May 2016 with support from UNICEF. Participants included health and family planning managers from division, district and upazila level, health officers of the City Corporation, obstetricians and neonatologists from the teaching hospitals and other related stakeholders. News of the workshop can be seen by clicking here.
- A case study on social autopsy titled ‘Social autopsy triggered community responses for averting maternal and neonatal death in Bangladesh’ was published in WHO global website in April which was prepared jointly by UNICEF Bangladesh, MOH&FW and the Centre for Injury Prevention and Research2. Click here to read this.
Upcoming events: July – September 2016
- A dissemination workshop on the newly developed national guideline on MPDSR will be organized by the Quality Improvement Secretariat, HEU, MOH&FW with support from UNICEF
- An experience sharing meeting on MPDSR with 17 districts will be organised by Director General of Health Services, MOH&FW with support from UNICEF.
- A dissemination workshop of the newly developed national guideline on MPDSR will soon be held by the Quality Improvement Secretariat of the ministry. Seven divisional sharing and orientation workshops are in the upcoming plans of the ministry.
Acknowledgements: This update was prepared by Dr Riad Mahmud, Health Specialist (MNH), UNICEF, Bangladesh, and reviewed by Dr. Md. Aminul Hasan, Deputy Director, Health Economics Unit, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare; Dr. Lianne Kuppens, Chief Health section, UNICEF Bangladesh; Dr. Abu Sadat Md. Sayem, Health Officer, UNICEF; Dr. Shayma Khorshed, Consultant, Health Economics Unit, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and Dr Animesh Biswas, Senior Scientist, Reproductive and Child Health Unit of CIPRB, Bangladesh.
- Biswas A.; Rahman F.; Halim A.; Eriksson C; Dalal K. (2014). Maternal and Neonatal Death Review (MNDR): a useful approach to identifying appropriate and effective maternal and neonatal health initiatives in Bangladesh. Health, 6: 1669-1679
- Mahmud R.; Sohel HA.; Sharif M.; Kuppens L.; Rakhimdjanov S.; Sayem ASM.; Khan M.; & Biswas A. (2016). Social autopsy triggers community response for averting maternal and neonatal death in Bangladesh: Experience from ‘Maternal and Perinatal Death Review in 10 Districts’. World Health Organization. p.1-5. Available here>
- Biswas A. (2016). Maternal and perinatal death review (MPDR): experiences in Bangladesh. World Health Organization. Cited on 15 June 2015. Available here>