WHO-HRP- Feasibility and Acceptability of a Maternal Morbidity Measurement Tool Pilot study

Improving maternal health and reducing related mortality is one of the key concerns of the international community since it is one of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDG 5). Maternal morbidity, the health problems borne by women during pregnancy, childbirth and following pregnancy contribute significantly to the burden of poor maternal health. Developing measurement criteria for the burden of pregnancy-related morbidity is crucial to the on-going elaboration of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This collaborative study between College of Medicine- CRH and WHO- Geneva will pilot and refine the tool for collecting routine data on maternal morbidity. The tool will be piloted in three sites: Jamaica, Kenya and Malawi. The results of pilot testing will direct further refinement and development of the maternal morbidity tool; to ascertain the potential need for regional or country level modifications and to determine the sensitivity of the tool itself in identifying potentially serious but rare morbidities. A contract between the two institutions has been signed. COM-CRH has been awarded a grant amounting to 116, 123.00 USD for this project which will run for approximately one year.

  • Key project staff: Associate Prof. Frank Taulo (PI); Dr. Luis Gadama; Mrs. Effie Chipeta (CRH); Prof. Michelle Hindin and Maria Barreix (WHO Project Manager)
  • Currently Training of Research Assistants is done now pending start of field work.

Data collectors Training MMS at QECH Obs & Gyn department, August, 2015


Improved Reproductive Health(RH) service provision and utilization

About CRH

The centre aims at providing leadership, training and research expertise in order to build the human capacity required to scale up the implementation of the national reproductive health program.

Contacts: Main Office

College of Medicine
Centre for Reproductive Health
P/Bag 360.
Chichiri, Blantyre 3.
Tel: 265 (0) 888 60 47 00

Email : pmhango@medcol.mw