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Student & Alumni Achievements

Student & Alumni Achievements

Arizona: Establishing a Nationwide Maternal Death and Near-miss Surveillance in a Low-income Country

Nigeria did not meet its MDG-5 target of reduction of maternal mortality ratio. Like many other low-income countries, population-level data on maternal deaths and near-miss are lacking in Nigeria, and reliance has been on facility-based data. To provide a more reliable data, the Nigeria Near-miss and Maternal Death Surveillance Network (NNMMDSN) conducted prospective data collection of maternal deaths and near-miss between over a year.  in Nigeria. The survey reported 97,634 births, 998 maternal deaths and 1451 near-misses over a 12-month period.

Other publications from NNMMDS are on hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, postpartum hemorrhage , non-obstetric causes of severe maternal complications, uterine rupture, and abortive pregnancy outcome. The current publication discussed the processes in setting up and managing the network in a low-income country

The Nigeria Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with the World Health Organization, convened a national stakeholders’ meeting on strengthening maternal and perinatal database for improving quality of care during childbirth in Nigeria (MPD-4-QED Programme) in April 2019. A new electronic database for continuous data gathering on all women for childbirth or with termination of pregnancy across 60 referral level hospitals was launched at this meeting.

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