Bangladesh Maternal Mortality and Health Care Survey (BMMS) 2016: Final Report


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Year: 2019


National Institute of Population Research and Training (NIPORT), International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), and MEASURE Evaluation. (2019). Bangladesh Maternal Mortality and Health Care Survey 2016: Final Report. Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Chapel Hill, NC, USA: NIPORT, icddr,b, and MEASURE Evaluation.
Bangladesh Maternal Mortality and Health Care Survey (BMMS) 2016: Final Report Abstract:

The Government of Bangladesh is committed to achieving its targets for Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 5: reducing the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) to 143 deaths per 100,000 live births by 2015 and increasing skilled attendance at birth to 50 percent by 2015 (United Nations Development Program [UNDP], 2015). The decline in MMR between 2001 and 2010 indicates remarkable progress. This progress is linked to fertility reduction, access to qualified maternal health care, and overall care-seeking during the antenatal period and during delivery (UNDP, 2015).

By the end of the third sector program, a revised maternal health strategy and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for maternal and newborn health were finalized. With the MDGs phasing out and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) phasing in (United Nations, 2015), the Fourth Health, Population and Nutrition Sector Programme (4th HPNSP) 2017–2022 has set the target of reaching an MMR of 121 per 100,000 live births in 2022 (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare [MOHFW], 2017). Within this context, the Bangladesh Maternal Mortality and Health Care Survey (BMMS) 2016 was carried out to assess how well the country is progressing toward these targets.

The BMMS 2016 was an activity under the Operational Plan of Training, Research, and Development of the National Institute of Population Research and Training (NIPORT) under the Health, Population and Nutrition Sector Development Program (HPNSDP) 2011–2016 (MOHFW, 2014).

The major objectives of the BMMS 2016 were 1) to provide a nationally representative estimate of the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) for three years preceding the survey (approximately 2014–2016); 2) to identify the causes of maternal deaths, and 3) to assess maternal healthseeking behavior indicators and compare them with the BMMS 2010 to assess how well the country is progressing toward national and global targets for maternal health since the 2010 survey.

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