Is estimating maternal mortality useful?

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Author(s): Buekens P

Year: 2001

[Editorial]. Bull WHO 2001. 79(3):179.
This editorial by UNC-Chapel Hill professor Pierre Buekens accompanies new estimates of maternal mortality for 1995 published in a 2001 WHO Bulletin. The author discussions limitations in data collection that lead to estimates underreporting the extent of maternal mortality in both developed and developing countries. Buekens concludes, however, that even imprecise estimates are useful for noticing and ultimately responding to macro-level trends and disparities, and that measuring maternal mortality is the only way to ensure that its reduction remains a top priority.

Filed under: Maternal Health , Maternal Mortality