English

Although use of Maternal Death Review (MDR) is increasing in African countries, effective coverage is still low. MDR does more than count maternal deaths; it looks beyond the numbers to study the causes and avoidable factors behind each death, leading to actions to improve quality of care based on the findings. The institutionalization of MDR requires political commitment, legal and administrative back-up, financial support, capacity development, simplified reporting forms and procedures, coordinated support of development partners, involvement of professional bodies, and regular supportive follow-up. Only 7 countries reported that the government had allocated a budget for MDR.

Author
Pearson, Luwei, deBernis, Luc, Shoo, Rumishael
Project
Examen de la mortalité maternelle pour le renforcement du système de santé au Kenya et au Zimbabwe
Strengthening the Health System through a Maternal Death Review (Kenya and Zimbabwe)
Published date
Friday, January 2, 2009 - 05:00
Access
Open Access
Type
Article
ID
47211
Article Type
Keywords Raw
[AFRICA][HEALTH SYSTEM][MATERNAL DEATH REVIEW][MATERNAL MORTALITY][HEALTH INFORMATION]