Counting and reviewing every birth and death is key to preventing future tragedies
On 16 August, WHO launched two new tools to help countries improve data on stillbirths and neonatal deaths, and a report on maternal death surveillance and response (MDSR), a key strategy for reducing preventable maternal deaths. All of these materials are available here.
The first publication, the WHO Application of the International Classification of Disease-10 to deaths during the perinatal period (ICD-PM), is a standardized system for classifying stillbirths and neonatal deaths. The system helps countries link stillbirths and neonatal deaths to contributing conditions in pregnant woman, like diabetes or hypertension.
The second publication, Making Every Baby Count: Audit and Review of Stillbirths and Neonatal Deaths, is a guide to help countries review and investigate individual deaths so they can recommend and implement solutions to prevent similar ones in the future.
The third WHO publication, Time to respond: a report on the global implementation of maternal death surveillance and review, helps countries strengthen their process of investigating maternal deaths in real-time so that health facilities can then take corrective actions.