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Facility Death Review of Maternal and Neonatal Deaths in Bangladesh
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Centre for Injury Prevention and Research, Bangladesh (CIPRB), Dhaka.
Centre for Injury Prevention and Research, Bangladesh (CIPRB), Dhaka.
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0185-0851
Centre for Injury Prevention and Research, Bangladesh (CIPRB), Dhaka.
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2015 (English)In: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 10, no 11, e0141902Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives: To explore the experiences, acceptance, and effects of conducting facility death review (FDR) of maternal and neonatal deaths and stillbirths at or below the district level in Bangladesh.

Methods This was a qualitative study with healthcare providers involved in FDRs. Two districts were studied: Thakurgaon district (a pilot district) and Jamalpur district (randomly selected from three follow-on study districts). Data were collected between January and November 2011. Data were collected from focus group discussions, in-depth interviews, and document review. Hospital administrators, obstetrics and gynecology consultants, and pediatric consultants and nurses employed in the same departments of the respective facilities participated in the study. Content and thematic analyses were performed.

Results: FDR for maternal and neonatal deaths and stillbirths can be performed in upazila health complexes at sub-district and district hospital levels. Senior staff nurses took responsibility for notifying each death and conducting death reviews with the support of doctors. Doctors reviewed the FDRs to assign causes of death. Review meetings with doctors, nurses, and health managers at the upazila and district levels supported the preparation of remedial action plans based on FDR findings, and interventions were planned accordingly. There were excellent examples of improved quality of care at facilities as a result of FDR. FDR also identified gaps and challenges to overcome in the near future to improve maternal and newborn health.

Discussion: FDR of maternal and neonatal deaths is feasible in district and upazila health facilities. FDR not only identifies the medical causes of a maternal or neonatal death but also explores remediable gaps and challenges in the facility. FDR creates an enabled environment in the facility to explore medical causes of deaths, including the gaps and challenges that influence mortality. FDRs mobilize health managers at upazila and district levels to forward plan and improve healthcare delivery.

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San Francisco, USA: Public Library of Science , 2015. Vol. 10, no 11, e0141902
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Research subject
Public health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-46535DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0141902ISI: 000364303800035PubMedID: 26540233Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84951309788OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-46535DiVA: diva2:872175
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Funding Agencies:

UNICEF, Bangladesh through Canadian CIDA (Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development)

Department for International Development (DFID) & European Commission (EC)

Available from: 2015-11-18 Created: 2015-11-18 Last updated: 2017-03-07Bibliographically 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.

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Örebro: Örebro university, 2015. 100 p.
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Örebro Studies in Care Sciences, ISSN 1652-1153 ; 63
Keyword
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: 2016-08-10Bibliographically approved

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