New resources produced by the World Health Organisation aim to address mother and child mortality issues by keeping a closer eye on the causes and circumstances of deaths.
The new initiative was launched by WHO in December 2016, to address the fact that Official reports underestimate the true magnitude of maternal mortality by up to 30% worldwide, and as high as 70% in some countries.
“It is estimated that every year, worldwide, 303 000 women die during pregnancy and childbirth, 2.7 million babies die during the first 28 days of life and 2.6 million babies are stillborn”, according to the WHO website.
“Nearly all babies who are stillborn and half of all newborn deaths who die do not receive a birth or death certificate, and thus have never been registered, reported or investigated by the health system. As a result, countries often do not know the true numbers of deaths or the causes of these deaths and thus are unable to take the right actions to prevent others babies and mothers from dying.”