The need to monitor progress in reducing maternal mortality has a long history, which can be traced back to the 1700s in some parts of the Western world. Today, however, this need is felt most acutely in developing countries, where the priority is to stimulate, evaluate and sustain action to prevent these essentially avoidable deaths. Over the last two decades, considerable efforts have been made to understand and overcome the measurement challenges of maternal mortality in the context of weak information systems, and new and enhanced methods and tools have emerged. This paper discusses those methods.
Graham, W.J.; Foster, L.B.; Davidson, L.; Hauke, E.; Campbell, O.M. Measuring progress in reducing maternal mortality. Best Practice and Research: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology (2008) 22 (3) 425-445. [DOI: 10.1016/j.bpobgyn.2007.12.001]