Global Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Policy Model


Principal Investigator:
Susanne Goldie, Roger Irving Lee Professor of Public Health

Center for Health Decision Science

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Dates of Research:
April 1, 2007 — December 31, 2011


This project will continue work on the development and refinement of a Global Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Policy Model. This project will adapt this model to permit evaluation of strategies for the reduction of maternal death and disability in India. Specific activities will include: modification of the natural history to reflect the epidemiologic pattern of maternal health in India, and modification of the intervention module to reflect India-specific utilization patterns of interventions and intervention effectiveness; expansion of the model to allow for Monte Carlo simulation to evaluate targeted strategies (i.e., increased risk for complications due to age and parity); and increasing the model’s capacity to consider additional health and economic measures of maternal morbidity or co-morbidity. Using the model, our analyses will focus primarily on maternal outcomes but secondary analyses are expected to encompass the broader societal viewpoint, such as the positive effects of maternal health interventions on neonatal health, survival, and the welfare of the family.