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Community Notification of Maternal, Neonatal Deaths and Still Births in Maternal and Neonatal Death Review (MNDR) System: Experiences in Bangladesh
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Centre for Injury Prevention and Research, Bangladesh (CIPRB), Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Centre for Injury Prevention and Research, Bangladesh (CIPRB), Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0185-0851
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7393-796X
2014 (English)In: Health, ISSN 1949-5005, Vol. 6, no 16, p. 2218-2226Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives: The aim of the study was to examine the process of community maternal, neonatal deaths and still births notification within the Bangladesh government health structure using the Maternal and Neonatal Death Review (MNDR) system. The study also explored the feasibility and acceptance of community death notification in the MNDR system.

Methods: The study was under-taken in the Thakurgaon district of Bangladesh during 2010. During the study a mix of both qualitative and quantitative information was collected. A review of the documentation process of community death notification was undertaken and focus group discussions (FGDs) with community members, health care providers and managers in a sub-district were conducted, with in-depth interviews (IDIs) with district heath and family planning managers. Quantitative data were collected from community death notifications in the district during January to December 2010.

Results: The death notification process was implemented by the government health care system within the Thakurgaon district. Field level health and family planning staff collected maternal and neonatal death information, recorded the death on the notification form and reported back to the Upazila (sub-district of the district) focal point at the Upazila health complex (primary health care centre). Community people were encouraged to share their death information to field level health staff. The health and family planning managers in the district periodically discussed the maternal and neonatal deaths and prepared remedial action plans in high death notified areas. In 2010, 59 maternal deaths, 739 neonatal deaths and 633 still births were reported in Thakurgaon district. District health and family planning departments performed community death notification as part of their routine daily work and integrated these procedures with other field level activities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
China: Scientific Research Publishing , 2014. Vol. 6, no 16, p. 2218-2226
Keywords [en]
Community death notification, maternal and neonatal death, bangladesh
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-41207DOI: 10.4236/health.2014.616257OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-41207DiVA, id: diva2:779892
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Available from: 2015-01-13 Created: 2015-01-13 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved
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1. Maternal and Neonatal Death Review System to Improve Maternal and Neonatal Health Care Services in Bangladesh
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Maternal and Neonatal Death Review System to Improve Maternal and Neonatal Health Care Services in Bangladesh
2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Bangladesh has made encouraging progress in reducing maternal and neonatal mortality over the past two decades. However, deaths are much higher than in many other countries. The death reporting system to address maternal, neonatal deaths and stillbirths is still poor. Moreover, cause identification for each of the community and facility deaths is not functional. The overall objective of this thesis is to develop, implement and evaluate the Maternal and Neonatal Death Review (MNDR) system in Bangladesh. The study has been conducted in two districts of Bangladesh. A mixed method is used in studies I and II, whereas a qualitative method is used in studies III-V, and cost of MNDR is calculated in study VI. In-depth interviews, focus group discussions, group discussions, participant observations and document reviews are used as data collection techniques. Quantitative data are collected from the MNDR database. In study I, community death notification in the MNDR system was found to be achievable and acceptable at district level in the existing government health system. A simple death notification process is used to capture community-level maternal and neonatal deaths and stillbirths. It was useful for local-level planning by health managers. In study II, death-notification findings explored dense pocket areas in the district. The health system took local initiatives based on the findings. This resulted in visible and tangible changes in care-seeking and client satisfaction. Death numbers in 2012 were reduced in comparison with 2010 in the specific area. In study III, verbal autopsies at community level enabled the identification of medical and social causes of death, including community delays. Deceased family members cordially provided information on deaths to field-level government health workers. The health managers used the findings for a remedial action plan, which was implemented as per causal findings. In study IV, social autopsy highlights social errors in the community, and promotes discussion based on a maternal or neonatal death, or stillbirth. This was aneffective means to  deliver some important messages and to sensitize the community. Importantly, the community itself plans and decides on what should be done in future to avert such deaths. In study V, facility death review of maternal and neonatal deaths was found to be possible and useful in upazila and district facilities. It not only identified medical causes of death, but also explored gaps and challenges in facilities that can be resolved. The findings of facility death reviews were helpful to local health mangers and planners in order to develop appropriate action plans and improve quality of care at facility level. Finally, in study VI, the initial piloting costs required for MNDR implementation were estimated, including large capacity development and other developmental costs. However, in the following year, costs were reduced. Unit cost per activity was 3070 BDT in 2010, but, in the following years, 1887 BDT and 2207 BDT, in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro university, 2015. p. 100
Series
Örebro Studies in Care Sciences, ISSN 1652-1153 ; 63
Keywords
Bangladesh, Facility Death Review, Maternal and Neonatal Health, Social Autopsy, Verbal Autopsy
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Research subject
Public health
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urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-46379 (URN)978-91-7529-103-1 (ISBN)
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2015-12-09, Hörsalen, Musikhögskolan, Örebro universitet, Fakultetsgatan 1, Örebro, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2015-11-02 Created: 2015-11-02 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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