Global Maternal Health Conference 2013

This session started with a viewing of the newest version of 'Why did Mrs, X die?' Byaruhanga began the panel session as he described the maternal death audit of 2011 in Uganda. He concluded findings by including the need for use of maternal deaths for future quality improvement and the need to re-evaluate family planning programs in relation to supervision and mentorship of those programs. Singh's presentation also focused on maternal death reviews, but in India. Delays in reaching medical help, educational levels and birth preparedness were key factors found in reviewing MDRs. Anastasi described the work of MSF in slum areas of Lagos, Nigeria. Using the sisterhood method and a cross-sectional study, they were able to better understand the actual maternal health outcomes of this population, which was found to be much worse than the regional or national data. She described the need to disaggegrate data so that interventions in areas such as these can be better focused.

Moderator: Gwyneth Lewis, Institute of Women’s Health, University College London

Why did Mrs, X die: Retold
Gwyneth Lewis, Institute of Women’s Health, University College, London

Maternal deaths in a low resource setting: Assessing the chasm in quality of maternal health care
Romano Byaruhanga, Association of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists of Uganda

Impact of community-based maternal death reviews: Development, validation, and use of a comprehensive verbal autopsy tool to measure the quality of maternal health care
Dinesh Singh, IPE-UNICEF

Estimation of maternal and perinatal mortality in the urban slums of Badia and Riverine, Lagos, Nigeria through the sisterhood method and preceding births technique
Erin Anastasi, UNFPA

Filmed in Arusha, Tanzania. Wednesday, 16 January 2013

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