Title: Nepal - Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Study 2008/2009

Abstract: The government of Nepal has a target of a three-fourth reduction in the maternal mortality ratio (MMR), which was a measure of the risk of death associated with each pregnancy, between 1990 and 2015 in line with the commitment made to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Nepal Demographic and Health Survey 2006 showed a remarkable decline in MMR from 539 deaths for the period 1989-1995 to 281 deaths per 100,000 live births for the period 1999-2005. The overall aim of this study was to investigate factors (both demand and supply) associated with maternal mortality and morbidity in Nepal. The specific objectives of this study are to identify major causes of death of women of reproductive age; to identify main causes of maternal deaths; to compute district level maternal mortality ratios; and to identify programmatically useful information to inform investment and interventions in maternal health services.

The study was conducted in eight districts. Three of these districts have been selected as they were included in the 1998 MMS (Kailali, Rupandehi and Okhaldhunga). The additional five districts (Surkhet, Jumla, Baglung, Rasuwa and Sunsari) were selected to reflect a topographical distribution Terai (3), hill (3) and mountain (2), and to ensure there was at least one district from each region Far Western (1), Mid Western (2), Western (2), Central (1) and Eastern (2).

Sponsored By: DFID/SSMP.  May 1010. Availability: Click here for Full Text


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