Sierra Leone has one of the highest levels of maternal mortality in the world, with an estimated 2,400 women dying during pregnancy or childbirth every year. In order to prevent maternal deaths and improve quality of care, the Government of Sierra Leone has adopted the Maternal Death Surveillance and Response (MDSR) system and released these guidelines.
These guidelines provide guidance on the implementation of MDSR in Sierra Leone, building on the Maternal Death Review system and “piggybacking” onto the Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) system. Maternal deaths have now been integrated into the notifiable reporting system of the IDSR. The guidelines focus on the following implementation steps:
- Identification and notification of maternal deaths
- Maternal death review
- Analysis – data aggregation and interpretation
- Response to maternal deaths
- Dissemination of results, recommendations and responses
- Monitoring and Evaluation for MDSR system
- MDSR implementation plan
Download Sierra Leone’s MDSR guidelines here.