Every maternal and perinatal death matters

This webinar launched the 'Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response: Materials to support implementation'. It was hosted by the Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Ageing (MCA), WHO and by the Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in collaboration with UNICEF and the Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response (MPDSR) Technical Working Group.

The new materials for healthcare professionals, facility managers and policy makers were presented and country experiences were shared on how the new resources can be used to strengthen MPDSR implementation.

  • Côte d'Ivoire presented their experience of the pilot testing of the new materials, giving insights on how details on maternal and perinatal deaths were better captured using the new materials and improving MPDSR implementation especially in establishing the review committee and monitoring of suggested recommendations;
  • The Ministries of Health from Burkina Faso and Sri Lanka, academia in Zimbabwe, professional associations and further stakeholders shared their plans to use the new materials to strengthen MPDSR implementation.

Session plan:

14h00: The essential need for robust MPDSR systems - Dr Anshu Banerjee, WHO Geneva

14h10: Introductory remarks - Susan Clapham, FCDO, UK

14h15: MPDSR materials to support implementation: What's new? - Dr Allisyn Moran, WHO Geneva

14h25: Côte d'Ivoire's experience in strengthening MPDSR - Dr Didier Eric N'Dri, WHO CO, Côte d'Ivoire

14h45: Questions & Answers - Facilitated by Dr Tedbabe Degefie Hailegebriel, UNICEF

14h55: Country panel - Using the MPDSR Materials to support implementation - Facilitated by Dr Willibald Zeck, UNFPA


  • Dr Kapila Jayaratne, Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka 
  • Dr Moussa Dadjoari, Ministry of Health, Burkina Faso,  
  • Professor Stephen Munjanja, University of Zimbabwe, 
  • Professor Ank de Jonge, International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) 
  • Dr Bremen de Mucio, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)  
  • Dr Kusum Thapa, Jhpiego/ MCGL

15h15: Questions & Answers - Facilitated by Dr Willibald Zeck, UNFPA

15h25: Closing - Dr Tedbabe Degefie Hailegebriel, UNICEF

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