The national Maternal Death Surveillance and Response (MDSR) system was established in Sierra Leone in 2015. The objective of the MDSR system is to count and review maternal deaths, in order to identify causes and contributing factors, and to inform interventions to prevent future deaths.
This first national MDSR report highlights progress towards institutionalisation of MDSR; presents an overview of maternal deaths from January to December 2016; and includes recommendations for improving MDSR implementation and to address the main causes of maternal deaths. Continue reading
The Maternal Neonatal and Child health programme (MNCH2) is a five year country led programme which aims to reduce maternal and child mortality in northern Nigeria. The programme works across six states: Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Yobe and Zamfara.
Since 2014, MNCH2 has been supporting maternal and perinatal death surveillance and response (MPDSR) across its six states. At secondary level facilities (which often have a high number of deliveries), MDR committees have been set up to review the causes of maternal death and take action to prevent similar deaths in the future. MNCH2 also supports State MDR Committees to mentor and monitor facility-level committees. MNCH2’s support to MPDSR across northern Nigeria has resulted in a number of achievements. Here are some examples: Continue reading
These policy briefs are the outcome of national review of MDSR data from January 2014 to December 2015 covering 539 maternal deaths.
At the National MDSR Task Force’s inaugural meeting members conducted an analysis of national MDSR data in relation to the objectives of the Health Sector Transformation Plan 2015/2016 – 2019/2020. This analysis was distilled into four policy briefs published in July 2016.
- Recommendations on Quality of Care in MNH Services
- Recommendations on Community Participation and Engagement
- Recommendations on Appropriate Use of Blood and Blood Products
- Strengthening Response in the Maternal Death Surveillance and Response System
The briefs were designed by Evidence for Action and copies were distributed to regional health bureaus at the National RMNCH Meeting 2016.
These policy briefs comprise the first national level response to MDSR data in Ethiopia and as such mark an important milestone.