Improving national capacity to track maternal mortality towards the attainment of the MDG5
An African regional workshop
In sub-Saharan Africa existing data is limited for reliable maternal mortality estimates. The maternal mortality ratio (MMR) for the majority of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa presented in Trends in Maternal Mortality 1990 to 2008 is derived from a hierarchical/multilevel regression model to obtain internationally comparable national MMRs. Considering the limitations of available maternal mortality data, it is crucial to support national capacity for improved generation of reliable and valid data to facilitate future estimates of MMR, especially in the countries of sub-Saharan Africa.
An African regional workshop themed Improving national capacity to track maternal mortality towards the attainment of the MDG5 was held from 7 to 10 December 2010 in Nairobi, Kenya. The workshop was organized by the World Bank, UNICEF, WHO, and UNFPA with participants attending from 19 anglophone and 16 francophone countries. This dissemination workshop, like those previously held in Dakar (2007) and Bangkok (2008) increased mutual understanding on approaches used for developing MMR estimates.