At national and international levels, the demand for reliable maternal
death estimates has grown significantly since the creation of the
Millennium Development Goals. To improve maternal health and survival,
decision-makers must make difficult choices about where to allocate
scarce resources and how to set programme and policy priorities. To make
such decisions, policymakers and programme planners need accurate data
on the level of and trends in maternal death in their country or region.
Equally valuable is information on differences in the risk of maternal
death between, for example, remote and urban communities, or between the
rich and the poor in a country.
Unfortunately, reliable and comparable data are scarce. Too often
policies or programmes are developed despite a lack of data that
identifies which women are at highest risk of maternal death and
inadequate knowledge of what actions are most likely to reduce the risk
of such deaths. A primary objective of Immpact, a global research
initiative, is to improve the methods and evaluation tools for measuring
levels of maternal death and attributing changes in maternal health and
survival to specific programme strategies.
Measuring Maternal Mortality Challenges, Solutions, and Next Steps, Immpact, University of Aberdeen, UK, 2 pp.
Measuring Maternal Mortality. Challenges, Solutions, and Next Steps.