KATHMANDU: Around 41 per cent of pregnancy related deaths occur at health centres while 40 per cent at home, according to a report on maternal mortality and morbidity published today. Over 80 per cent of deaths occurred immediately after the women’s admission at the emergency ward in a critical state.
The study was carried out in Sunsari, Rupandehi, Kailali, Okhaldhunga, Baglung, Surkhet, Rasuwa and Jumla districts over a one year period, including all deaths of women of reproductive age.
It was found that the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) in eight study districts was 229 per 100,000 live births, ranging from 153 to 301 by districts. However, there has been a dramatic increase in suicidal death among women of reproductive age, from 10 per cent in 1998 to 16 per cent in 2008, raising suicide from the third to the first causes of death among women.
Ajit Pradhan, adviser, Support to Safe Motherhood Programme, said the MMR was lowest among women in their 20s with increased risk for those aged less than 20 and between 30 and 34.
Anna Peniston, director, Office of Health and
Family Planning, USAID Nepal, said the finding of the study would help
the government in
formulating plans for the health sector.
“Nepal has made an incredible progress to reduce maternal mortality,” said Tony Burdon, deputy head DFID.The report also showed that maternal causes account for 11 per cent of all deaths.