U-M Obgyn-led project finds more maternal deaths than estimated in Ghana
Novel approach to accurately track maternal deaths to be highlighted by one of the world’s leading health journals
A new community-based approach to more accurately identify maternal deaths in rural communities found nearly three times as many deaths in one Ghana district as the current system reports.
The new system, developed by the U-M Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Global Initiatives and the Ghana Health Service, is chronicled in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization – one of the world's leading public health journals and among the top 10 public and environmental health journals.
“The World Health Organization has called for the end of preventable maternal mortality by 2030. This new system will be a critical tool to gauging whether we’ve achieved that goal,” says senior author Frank Anderson, M.D., MPH, associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the U-M Medical School and vice chair of the Michigan Maternal Mortality Review Committee.
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