High maternal mortality and stillbirth in the Wad Medani Hospital, Central Sudan, 2003 - 2007

Elhassan, Elhassan M.; Mirghani, Omer A.; Adam, Ishag
October 2009
Tropical Doctor;Oct2008, Vol. 39 Issue 4, p238
Academic Journal
The aim of this study was to investigate the incidence and causes of maternal deaths and stillbirths at the Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wad Medani, Sudan, from 1 January 2003 through 31 December 2007. All maternal deaths and stillbirths during this period were reviewed and classified retrospectively. There were 146 maternal deaths and 33034 live births, giving a maternal mortality ratio of 442/100,000 live births. The age range was 18-42 years with a mean (standard deviation) of 30.57 (5.26) years. The most common cause of death was septicaemia following obstructed labour or abortion-related sepsis, followed by haemorrhage, pre-eclampsia/ecalampsia, viral hepatitis and malaria. The stillbirth rate was 29/1000 births; the majority of which (8/1000) were macerated stillbirths.


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