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Maternal Deaths research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

The goal of this study is to generate unique information to guide improvements on interventions to reduce maternal and newborn mortality as well as prevent stillbirths. The objective of this study is to determine the burden, timing, and causes of maternal deaths, stillbirths and neonatal deaths. This will be an observational study where data will be collected retrospectively in the context of the ongoing study in Haryana, India. Women of reproductive age living in the study area have already been enumerated for the parent studies. Active surveillance is being conducted for identifying pregnancies and deaths among women of reproductive age in the population through 3 monthly home visitations. Verbal autopsies will be conducted for all deaths of women in the reproductive age, including those who died in pregnancy, childbirth and up to 42-60 days after childbirth. Verbal autopsy interviews will also be conducted for all stillbirths.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - All deaths Exclusion Criteria: - Non consent for verbal autopsy All deaths of women in reproductive age group and all still births in specified window period for whom the respondents have given consent to provide information.

Which medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury is researched?

Maternal Deaths

Neonatal Deaths

Still Births

Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.

Other:This is an observational study being conducted as a substudy of antoher trial.

Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.

Verbal AutopsiesThe study involves filling of verbal autopsies for still births and deaths in women of reproductive age group.

Study Status


Start Date: August 2012

Completed Date: January 2016


Type: Observational


Primary Outcome: Burden of maternal and neonatal death and still births

Secondary Outcome:

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Sarmila Mazumder, PhD

Lead Sponsor: Society for Applied Studies

Collaborator: World Health Organization

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