Prevalence and risk factors of maternal near miss in Central Uganda: a community based study

A PSC Brown Bag Seminar

Elizabeth Nansubuga (Makerere University, Populations Studies)

Monday, 09/21/2015.   ARCHIVED EVENT

Location: 6050 ISR Thompson St

Uganda has a strong health policy and programme environment. However, the maternal mortality (MM) ratio has remained high. Also, several women survive the severe pregnancy complications termed as Maternal Near Misses (MNM). In Uganda, MNM occurs six times more frequently than MM (Kaye et al., 2003) leading to knowledge gaps that need to be addressed. MNM emerged as a new paradigm of investigating maternal health. Thus the community approach more than the hospital approach will appropriately estimate the MNM prevalence and risk factors which have remained unclear. The knowledge obtained will guide the development of scientifically sound strategies thus contributing to the attainment of Millennium Development Goal 5 in Uganda.


ELIZABETH NANSUBUGA is currently a UMAP Scholar hosted by the African Studies Center at University of Michigan. She is a lecturer in the Department of Population Studies at Makerere University in Uganda. She holds a Master of Science degree in Population and Reproductive health from Makerere University, and has recently completed her doctoral studies at University of North West in South Africa. Her doctoral research focused on the prevalence, risk factors and birth outcomes of women who experienced life-threatening pregnancy complications (maternal near misses) in Central Uganda. She is a Population Reference Bureau (PRB) Policy Communication Fellow and a recipient of several other awards. While at U-M, she will work with Cheryl Moyer, Assistant Professor of learning health sciences and obstetrics & gynecology, in research to understand and characterize maternal mortality in Uganda.

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