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Evaluating Maternal Mortality

by on March 19, 2014

Determining whether public health policies and programs are working as they shouldMEASURE Evaluation has played a paramount role in fulfilling the need for reliable information about maternal mortality in Bangladesh in order to evaluate the Bangladeshi government’s decade-long investment in maternal mortality reduction and to steer future interventions so that they have the biggest impact possible. We collaborated with the Government of Bangladesh, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research (ICDDR,B) and USAID/Bangladesh to construct a sampling frame from which a nationally representative sample of 175,000 households was drawn for the Bangladesh Maternal Mortality Survey 2010, the country’s second survey of its kind; we also helped analyze and disseminate survey results, which we are continuing to use in secondary analyses to learn even more about the health of women and girls in Bangladesh.

Survey results showed that maternal mortality in Bangladesh fell 40% and that births with a skilled attendant present doubled between the periods 1998-2000 and 2008-2010. The survey also revealed causes of maternal deaths. Information gleaned from the survey is valuable in appraising Bangladesh’s national maternal health strategy and in informing the direction of future interventions so that the country can reach, and eventually surpass, its maternal health targets, including the millennium development goal of reducing the maternal mortality rate to 143 deaths per 100,000 live births by 2015.

Read more about how MEASURE Evaluation improves decision making in public health.

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