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A Common Framework for the Maternal and Newborn Mortality Transition and Its Application to 7 Exemplar Countries
October 13 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Department of Epidemiology and The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program co-present
Ties Boerma, MD, PhD
Director of the Department of Health Statistics and Information Systems
World Health Organization
Professor, Department of Community Health Services
University of Manitoba
Ties Boerma is professor and Canada Research Chair for Population and Global Health at the Institute for Global Public Health, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Canada, and Director of the Countdown to 2030 for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health. He has over 35 years of experience working in global public health and research programmes, including a decade at national and district levels in Africa and 14 years at the WHO to lead the work on health information and evidence. A national of the Netherlands, he received his medical degree from the University of Groningen, and a PhD in medical demography from the University of Amsterdam.
Abstract: Maternal mortality, stillbirths and newborn mortality tend to be approached as separate topics even though there are ample reasons for a more integrated approach from the perspectives of mortality levels, causes of death, inequalities, interventions and service delivery platforms. This presentation proposes one transition framework for maternal mortality, stillbirths and neonatal mortality, based on historical and current data. The framework is applied to 7 countries that are part of an ongoing study of exemplars in reducing maternal and newborn mortality during the past two decades.