• Nasir Farooq
  • Huma Jadoon
  • Tayyeb Imran Masood
  • M Saleem Wazir
  • Umer Farooq
  • Mohammad Saqib Lodhi


Background: Maternal mortality ratio is an indicator to measure the summary of information aboutmother and child health. It is estimated that about 500 maternal deaths occur per 100,000 livebirths each year in Pakistan. It is a well known fact that all health statistics coming out of thedeveloping countries are calculated “guesstimates” some are perhaps more close to the real figuresthan the others. There is a dire need to help generate information that can be used by healthprofessionals, health care planners and managers to save women’s lives by improving the qualityof care provided to turn away maternal mortality. The maternal mortality ratio for Pakistan as wellas for NWFP is projected as 533 /100,000 live births for the year 1990-91 produced by NationalInstitute of Population Studies, Pakistan. Methods: This was a retrospective cross-sectionalquantitative study for the period (2001–2002) conducted in five districts of (NWFP) NorthWestern Frontier Province, Pakistan. Results: National HMIS data opened the maternal mortalityratio for; Haripur as 0.168 and 0.173, Mansehra 00 and 00, Battagram 00 and 00, Swat 0.051 and0.524 and Swabi 00 and 0.968 per/1000 live births, respectively. The small part exercise outcome(the study) endorsed more shadowy side of the actual maternal mortality ratio for the same periodin the same districts. Conclusion: In our country there is a urgent need to institute an efficientmode of operation to get accurate maternal mortality database. Verbal Autopsy method is costeffective and feasible approach for implementation in a country like Pakistan.Key Words: Maternal mortality, Verbal Autopsy


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