We’re working to ensure that no maternal or newborn death goes uncounted, and to prevent avoidable deaths from happening in future.
MDSR is great, it helps me to know what is going on within the hospital and what our gaps are. When I speak to people higher up they listen.
Medical Director Referral Hospital in Harar

What's happening in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, the Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response (MPDSR) system collects and shares information on why women and newborns die during childbirth. This helps health facilities, along with regional and national health planners, to take action to prevent similar deaths from happening.

Learning from the MPDSR can support national and woreda planners to target health resources and improve the quality of care. This will help Ethiopia to meet the objectives of its Health Sector Transformation Plan.

What we're doing

As Evidence-For-Action (E4A), we’re working with the Ethiopian government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) to strengthen the MPDSR system. We do this to ensure that no maternal or newborn death goes uncounted. We do this so that learning from MPDSR results in action to save lives in the future.  

The Ethiopian Minister of Health described the system as an initiative that is contributing to rapid health system improvements in the country. 

MPDSR was documented as a “tool of change” in the Acting on the Call Best Practices Manual, which was handed out during the Summit in Addis Ababa in August 2017. The manual provides information about maternal death and showcases examples of good-practice responses across Ethiopia. 

Women in Ethiopia
23%
have an unmet need for modern contraceptives
Maternal Mortality
353
per 100,000 live births
Government spending on health
58%
as a % of total health expenditure