Make Women Count!


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115 countries lack data to determine maternal deaths or have no data at all. The lack of vital event data is a major concern that prevents the implemetation of the most adequate programmes and policies to tackle maternal deaths. To make women count, we should first start counting them.

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Make Women Count!

  1. 1. Make Women Count!and its research center:
  2. 2. MATERNAL DEATH: The death of a woman from any cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy, delivery and postpartum.WHO defines maternal death as: 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 itsmanagement but not from accidental or incidental causes.
  3. 3. EACH MOTHER’S DEATHhas a domino effect in developing countries : Women Deprived from leading long and prosperous lives Children Good nutrition, school enrollment and survival rates Country DECREASE LOSS in dramatically productivity (15.000 M US$ / year) Family and community IMPOVERISHMENT
  4. 4. ANESTIMATED 300,000 women die annually due to maternal causes
  5. 5. What are these mothers dying from?THE truth is…WE currently rely onESTIMATES.? + ? + ? + ? = ?
  6. 6. More than ½ of the world’s deaths pass by… THIS IS A MAJOR CONCERN: reliable cause-of-death data are crucial forHEALTH PLANNING and PRIORITIZATION 3 2 1
  7. 7. We are missing VITAL EVENT DATA to determine maternal deaths :88 countries LACK complete data Over 80% of all births occur countries have in countries where27 NO data maternal cause of death data DON’T EXIST or65 countries have COMPLETE data are INCOMPLETE
  8. 8. In many settingswhat we DON’T know prevents us from reducing MATERNAL MORTALITY
  9. 9. To effectively addressmaternal mortality…We first need to find out WHAT WOMEN DIE FROM
  10. 10. The solution starts with…POLITICAL WILL =More resources so that every country canACHIEVE A MINIMUM SET OF VITAL DATA.
  11. 11. And grows with… R&D=NEW efficient, easy-to-implement, and cost-effectivetools to measure mortality and help close thedata gap! Minimal Verbal Census invasive autopsy autopsiesHousehold surveys Civil Reproductive- Registration age system mortality studies
  12. 12. Better data means… Monitoring maternal mortality Designing trends Accounting better for individual interventions deaths and programsBETTER MATERNAL HEALTH.
  13. 13. For
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