The Right Measurements for Maternal Mortality

Tackling neonatal and maternal mortality means taking proper measurements, but data gaps have hampered the cause in high-burden countries.

To fill the gap, research published this week aimed to quantify the burden, timing, and causes of maternal deaths, stillbirths, and neonatal deaths in south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

Among the key findings: Most maternal deaths occurred during labor, delivery, and the first 24 hours postpartum. Strikingly, mortality was not linked to the proportion of health facility births, raising questions about quality of care.

The Lancet Global Health (Commentary)

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