1 Mberengwa district Hospital, Africa
2 Provincial Medical Directors Office, Africa
*Corresponding author: Kufakwanguzvarova W Pomerai, Mberengwa district Hospital, Box 36 Mberengwa, Provincial Medical Directors Office Midlands province, Box 206, Gweru Zimbabwe, Africa, Email: email@example.com
Submission: April 01, 2017;Published: April 12, 2017
ISSN: 2577-2015Volume2 Issue1
Background: Maternal mortality remains a major public health challenge in Zimbabwe. Death of a pregnant woman may cause so much psychological pain and leads to destruction of families, husbands loose wives, children loose mothers and friends are lost. Thousands of pregnant women die daily giving birth. This study was conducted to investigate causes of maternal deaths in Midlands province and recommend possible strategies to prevent loss of life during birth.
results: All of 39 notification forms were analysed. Majority 30% had primary education followed by those who had no education at all 28%. There were discrepancies in reporting and notifying maternal more deaths were reported than notified, most variables captured on the notification form were missing. Post Partum haemorrhage was the leading cause of death 20.5%, followed by eclampsia, 17.9%, HIV/AIDS 12.8% and the least was anaemia. Median age of cases was 28 (Q123: Q33:34). The median number of Ante Natal Bookings was 2 (Q10:Q33). Sixty six percent of deaths were avoidable.
Conclusion: The study revealed poor quality of care in the health centres as evidenced by haemorrhages as leading cause of death, as well as HIV which are easy conditions to manage. Low level of education was associated with death this may be due to poor health seeking behaviour by the mothers as compared to those who were educated. Incomplete form feeling makes the data analysis difficult. there need for training health workers in Basic Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care, Health education and promotion on early booking and also provision of essential medical products like blood and blood products.
Keywords: Maternal mortality; Factors; Intervention; Quality