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Maternal mortality in a Kenyan pastoralist population.

Mace, R; Sear, R; (1996) Maternal mortality in a Kenyan pastoralist population. Int J Gynaecol Obstet , 54 (2) pp. 137-141.

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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 the data were used to calculate maternal mortality statistics using the sisterhood (an indirect) method. RESULTS: The maternal mortality ratio for this population was 599 deaths per 100,000 births (95% C.I. 424-775). The lifetime risk of dying around childbirth is 1 in 30, and the proportion of ever-married sisters that died under 50 years of age who died from maternal causes is 0.48 (95% C.I. 0.38-0.58). CONCLUSION: The risk of dying of maternal causes is high in this population.

Type: Article
Title: Maternal mortality in a Kenyan pastoralist population.
Location: United States
Keywords: Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Confidence Intervals, Data Collection, Developing Countries, Female, Humans, Incidence, Kenya, Medicine, Traditional, Middle Aged, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Complications, Risk Factors, Survival Rate
UCL classification: UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1322333
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