Strengthening the Health System through a Maternal Death Review (Kenya and Zimbabwe)

Kenya and Zimbabwe both have maternal mortality rates of over 1 000 per 100 000 live births. Most of these deaths could be averted even where resources are limited. But, the right kind of information is needed upon which to base action. A maternal death review goes beyond counting the number of deaths and endeavors to understand of why they occurred and how they can be avoided.

This project seeks to improve the accountability of the health services and the quality of maternal and newborn care in Kenya and Zimbabwe by working with the ministries of health and local and regional United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) offices to implement a maternal death review in the two countries. It is hoped that the intervention will inspire other countries in the region to set up similar systems.

Project ID

103201

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

End Date

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Duration

24 months

IDRC Officer

Mhatre, Sharmila

Total funding

CA$ 243,500

Countries

Kenya, Zimbabwe, North of Sahara, South of Sahara

Program

Maternal and Child Health

Project Leader

Pearson, Luwei

Institution

United Nations Children's Fund

Institution Country

Kenya

Institution Website

http://www.unicef.org