Tag Archives: Confidential Enquiry

India: Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths in Kerala

Kerala has been successful in establishing a Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths (CEMD), learning from the system in the United Kingdom. You can read here more about the main causes of maternal deaths in Kerala, the challenges in establishing the CEMD system, and ways forward to make it more efficient.

Update from Shahid Akhter, ETHealthWorld


MDSR in Malaysia is in its fourth year of inception. It complements the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths that has been in existence since 1991. As part of MDSR feedback, we have weekly updates on the most recent data on maternal deaths for the week and compare this data to the same week the previous year. Based on the findings of the MDSR committee (which meets at least four times a year) a near miss registry is being formed and the ground work is completed. As we leave the Millennium Development Goals and move on to the Sustainable Development Goals we see a greater role for MDSR.

Update from Dr Ravichandran Jeganathan, National Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecological Services at the Ministry of Health.

Confidential enquiries into maternal and perinatal deaths in the United Kingdom

MMBRACE- UK (Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries) have recently launched two reports:

  1.  “MBRRACE-UK Perinatal Confidential Enquiry: Term, singleton, normally formed, antepartum stillbirth
  2. Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care – Surveillance of maternal deaths in the UK 2011-13 and lessons learned to inform maternity care from the UK and Ireland Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths and Morbidity 2009-13

The reports present findings from confidential enquiries that took place in the United Kingdom and/or Ireland on stillbirths and maternal deaths. In addition to presenting key findings, the reports provide key recommendations for action aimed at a variety of stakeholders.