Measuring progress in reducing maternal mortality

Wendy J. Graham, Lauren B. Foster, Lisa Davidson, Elizabeth Hauke, Oona M. R. Campbell

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The need to monitor progress in reducing maternal mortality has a long history, which can be traced back to the 1700s in some parts of the Western world. Today, however, this need is felt most acutely in developing countries, where the priority is to stimulate, evaluate and sustain action to prevent these essentially avoidable deaths. Over the last two decades, considerable efforts have been made to understand and overcome the measurement challenges of maternal mortality in the context of weak information systems, and new and enhanced methods and tools have emerged.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-445
Number of pages21
JournalBest Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008


  • developing countries
  • maternal deaths
  • maternal mortality
  • measurement
  • methods
  • progress
  • tools
  • less-developed-countries
  • sisterhood method
  • demographic surveillance
  • verbal autopsy
  • deaths
  • health
  • pregnancy
  • sample
  • registration


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