Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care
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Andrea Melberg won IGS’s Publication Prize for 2019

Five publications were nominated for the Department’s annual award.

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Congratulations to PhD Candidate, Andrea Melberg, and her co-authors for winning this year’s prize for their article entitled, “Maternal deaths should simply be 0': politicization of maternal death reporting and review processes in Ethiopia.” It was published in the Journal Health Policy and Planning.


Key messages from the article:

  • Maternal death reporting is highly politicized at all levels of the Ethiopian health system.
  • Death reporting and review practices are challenged by the fact that maternal mortality is used as a major indicator of health system performance.
  • Fear of personal and political accountability for maternal death strongly influences reporting and referral practices.
  • Current reporting and review practices generate inaccurate knowledge for policymakers.


Melberg is a member of the Global Health Anthropology research group.


Read the article:

Maternal deaths should simply be 0’: politicization of maternal death reporting and review processes in Ethiopia

Andrea Melberg, Alemnesh Hailemariam Mirkuzie, Tesfamichael Awoke Sisay, Mitike Molla Sisay, Karen Marie Moland. Health Policy and Planning, Volume 34, Issue 7, September 2019, Pages 492–498,