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This presentation was given at the technical mash-up meeting on "Mapping for Maternal and Newborn Health", hosted by ICS Integrare and the University of Southampton, with the support of the Norwegian Agency for International Development (NORAD) in Southampton (UK), 11-12th March 2013. Further details are available here http://integrare.es/?cat=33
This presentation describes proposed research to determine the potential for mapping maternal and newborn mortality, access to maternal care, referral networks, and use of care at the district level in Malawi and Bangladesh. This would involve a desk review of existing data for Malawi and Bangladesh, resulting in mapping and modeling of MNH at one point in time (~2008-2010). The relationship between mortality and low access/low use of care would be analyzed using AccessMod and other geostatistical tools, producing policy recommendations for new facilities, improved transportation, and/or improved referral networks. Finally, in Malawi only, the project would conduct a feasibility assessment of creating a system that conducts “real-time” mapping of MNH. This would involve compiling facility records, health management information system (HMIS) data, and possible surveys in two districts.
By Allisyn Moran (USAID) and Reid Porter (University of Texas)