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Maternal mortality in a Kenyan pastoralist population

Mace, Ruth and Sear, Rebecca (1996) Maternal mortality in a Kenyan pastoralist population. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 54 (2). pp. 137-141. ISSN 0924-8447

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Abstract

Objective: to measure maternal mortality among the Gabbra, a group of nomadic pastoralists living in a remote area of Kenya. Method: as part of a survey of 851 households information on the number of sisters of respondents who died of pregnancy-related causes was collected, and this data was used to calculate maternal mortality statistics using the sisterhood (an indirect) method. Results: the maternal mortality ratio for this population is 599 deaths per 100,000 births (95% confidence intervals 424, 775). The lifetime risk of dying around childbirth is 1 in 30, and the proportion of ever-married sisters under 50 years of age who died from maternal causes is 0.48 (95% confidence intervals 0.38, 0.58). Conclusion: the risk of dying of maternal causes is high in this population.

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Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
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Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2006
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/686/

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