by Nathalie Roos, Matthews Mathai, Thandassery Ramachandran et al.
World Health Organization, August 2016
Understanding exactly why a woman died in pregnancy or around the time of childbirth is a crucial first step towards preventing other women dying in the same way. Maternal death surveillance and response (MDSR) is a relatively new approach to investigating maternal deaths and taking action based on the findings, which has evolved from the established system of maternal death review (MDR). WHO in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) instigated a global survey of national MDSR systems in 2015 to provide baseline data on the status of implementation. This report details the findings of the survey.