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New project on maternal mortality

Members from the GDE research group at the Dept. of Health Promotion and Development are among the partners in a new project on maternal mortality reporting in Ethiopia and Tanzania.



The project has been allocated funding from the Research Council of Norway for five years (August 2021 - July 2026). 

Reporting in context: An interdisciplinary initiative to strengthen maternal health services and surveillance in Ethiopia and Tanzania 

The project is a collaboration between experienced researchers from the University of Bergen, Addis Ababa University, University of Dar es Salaam, and University of Sussex.

The primary objective of this project is to improve the quality of maternal mortality reporting to strengthen the knowledge on which to base remedial action to reduce maternal deaths. The secondary objectives: 1. Investigate systematic differences between how clinical care is delivered and how it is reported in MDSR registries and reviews on health facility level 2. Uncover how reported maternal mortality data is reviewed and managed within the health bureaucracy, and how / to what extent feedback mechanisms work to identify remedial action 3. Investigate legal frameworks surrounding the maternal surveillance and reporting system 4. Develop measures to improve maternal mortality reporting, including measures to enhance the balance between professional accountability and legal protection of health professionals.

Project members from Department of Health Promotion and Development (HEMIL): Prof Haldis Haukanes and Prof. Siri Lange