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Theme Health
Code PH-MH-1.2
Sub-theme Maternal Health
Name Maternal Mortality (Number of Deaths)
Definition The number of maternal deaths related to childbearing. Maternal death is the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy, irrespective of the duration and site of the pregnancy, from any cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy or its management but not from accidental or incidental causes. (WHO standard def)
Calculation/Formula The number of maternal deaths related to childbearing
Unit of Measure Deaths
Assumptions Relevant to small island populations
Purpose/Rationale Complications during pregnancy and childbirth are a leading cause of death and disability among women of reproductive age in developing countries. The maternal mortality ratio represents the risk associated with each pregnancy, i.e. the obstetric risk. Maternal deaths better reflects the situation in small islands states where MMR per 100,000 population is not a relevant indicator due to low number of deaths.
Policy Linkages MDGs, National Reproductive Health Policies and Strategies, MOH Corporate/ Strategic Plans
Preferred Data Sources The primary source of cause-specific mortality data should be vital registration including Cause of death data collected through the health dept and/or civil registry and verified for completeness
Alternative_Data Sources Census
Census - HIES - DHS tag Census/DHS
Primary Data Collection System National Administrative Database - Health Information Management Systems (HIS)
Frequency of Data Collection Annual
SPC Responsibility - Data Management SDP
Notes As countries improve vital statistics and civil registration systems, there may be some increases in published measures of mortality (such as IMR) due to improvements in reporting rather than a true increase in mortality rate. Care must be taken in inter
SPC Programme PHD
Numerator The number of maternal deaths related to childbearing