Reproductive Age Mortality Study (RAMOS) for capturing underreporting maternal mortality: Why is important in the Rohingya Refugee camps, Bangladesh?

  • Progga Paromita Research Associate Centre for Injury Prevention and Research (CIPRB), Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Cinderella Akbar Mayaboti Research and Communication Officer, Centre for Injury Prevention and Research (CIPRB), Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Md. Abdul Halim Director of Reproductive and Child Health, Centre for Injury Prevention and Research (CIPRB), Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Animesh Biswas Technical Officer, United Nations Population Fund, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Keywords: Maternal mortality surveillance, Humanitarian crisis, Conflict, Maternal and neonatal death review

Abstract

Background: Bangladesh is facing a crisis in terms of displaced 1 million Rohingya population among which a considerable number constituted with pregnant and lactating mother. MMR is an essential indicator of policy implementation, so there is a dire need to identify a method to capture the actual number and underlying cause of maternal death.

Methodology: This study looks into 12 different surveillance systems in several conflict settings by searching Google Scholar and Pub med databases. We tried to explore the most suitable method for  Rohingya setting by a comparative review of the articles. We compared the methods used in different configurations based on their population size, study design, findings as well as their strengths and limitations.

Result: We found the Reproductive Age Mortality Study (RAMOS) to be the most feasible method for surveillance of maternal death in a humanitarian setting. It not only identifies maternal death but also explores the underlying cause through verbal autopsy.

Conclusion: RAMOS is suitable for fragile setting and through it every maternal death could be counted. It will further help us to stop the preventable maternal death by exploring the cause.

 

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Published
2019-09-18
How to Cite
Paromita, P., Mayaboti, C., Halim, M. A., & Biswas, A. (2019). Reproductive Age Mortality Study (RAMOS) for capturing underreporting maternal mortality: Why is important in the Rohingya Refugee camps, Bangladesh?. International Journal of Perceptions in Public Health, 3(3), 55-65. Retrieved from http://ijpph.org/index.php/ijpph/article/view/167
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