Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Maternal Death Surveillance and Response (MDSR)

Time to respond: a report on the global implementation of MDSR

WHO in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) instigated a global survey of national MDSR systems in 2015 to provide baseline data on the status of implementation. This report details the findings of the survey, with additional information from the WHO-MNCAH policy indicator database. It also tells the story of MDSR and its role in efforts to eliminate preventable maternal mortality by 2030.

What is MDSR?

Maternal Death Surveillance and Response (MDSR) is a continuous cycle of identification, notification and review of maternal deaths followed by actions to improve quality of care and prevent future deaths.

WHO and partners have been working with countries to map progress in implementing MDSR. This website shows this progress and includes profiles and case studies to illustrate the steps countries have taken to implement MDSR and innovative approaches to improve this.

Current implementation status

How are countries performing against key indicators for maternal death surveillance and response?