Videos introduce the audit and review of stillbirths and neonatal deaths

Every year an estimated 2.7 million neonatal deaths and 2.6 million stillbirths occur. By counting the number of stillbirths and neonatal deaths, gathering information on where and why these deaths occurred and also by trying to understand the underlying contributing causes and avoidable factors, health-care providers, program managers, administrators and policy-makers can help to prevent future deaths. These videos provide an introduction to the WHO guide Making every baby count: Audit and review of stillbirths and neonatal deaths and describe the setting up a death review committee.

What is MDSR?

Maternal Death Surveillance and Response (MDSR) is a continuous cycle of identification, notification and review of maternal deaths followed by actions to improve quality of care and prevent future deaths.

WHO and partners have been working with countries to map progress in implementing MDSR. This website shows this progress and includes profiles and case studies to illustrate the steps countries have taken to implement MDSR and innovative approaches to improve this.