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Measuring Maternal Mortality from a Census: Guidelines for Potential Users

Use of censuses and surveys

The purpose of this publication is to produce guidelines for countries interested in using the census as a source of data for maternal mortality
measures. The chapters are intended to explain how maternal mortality may be estimated by a decennial census. In Chapter 2, some of the issues, methods, and different sources for measuring maternal mortality are explored. Chapter 3 details the procedures for relevant data collection in a census, covering wording of the questions, training of field staff, and tabulation layouts for the results. Chapter 4 describes methods of data evaluation and adjustments that can be applied to compensate for data deficiencies. In addition to methodological development, illustrative applications to the experiences in two countries (Benin and Zimbabwe) are provided. Lastly, Chapter 5 suggests activities to promote data dissemination and use.

The publication is the MEASURE Evaluation Manual Series, No. 4


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