High-quality, routine data on maternal and neonatal mortality is critical to shaping effective interventions to reduce preventable deaths, but many countries lack a system for capturing information about deaths that occur outside of health facilities, and are therefore, lacking a complete picture of mortality rates. Beginning in 2018, CHAI launched a collaboration with the Ministries of Health (MOHs) of Uganda and Zambia to enhance sexual, reproductive, maternal and newborn health programming and health outcomes. Part of that program included work to sustainably strengthen systems for recording community-based maternal and neonatal deaths and stillbirths.
The innovative work has generated learnings and recommendations that can inform how such surveillance can be established in other settings. Learn about our experiences with community-based maternal and newborn mortality surveillance by clicking on the download link below.