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Indirect estimation of maternal mortality in Kenya

Austin Mueke, University of Nairobi

Nearly half of the Millennium Development Targets concern health: directly or indirectly.They vary in their ambitiousness, with the maternal mortality goal of a three-quarters reduction between 1990 and 2015 being the most ambitious. Having the maternal goal set by the Safe Motherhood Initiative in Nairobi in 1987, meant that we need to have accurate estimates of maternal mortality to be able to measure progress towards this goal. An estimated 500,000 women die each year from pregnancy related causes, and the vast majority (99%) of these deaths occur in developing countries. The objective of this research is to calculate maternal mortality ratio estimate using the indirect sisterhood method using three datasets comprising of the most recent Kenya Demographic and Health Survey 2003, data from the Pumwani Maternity hospital which is a specialised maternity hospital in Nairobi and finally data from Kenyatta National Hospital which is the biggest referral hospital in Kenya.

Presented in Poster Session 3