Maternal Mortality in the Chadian Ouaddai Region Health Facilities Compared to the whole Country
Maternal mortality is one of
Chad’s most pressing issues. Chad’s maternal mortality ratio is 1,200 per
100,000 live births, the third highest in the world (WHO 2010). A woman’s
lifetime risk of maternal death is 1 in 14, one of highest in the world
(Country statistics; “Unicef”). The Ouaddai region being one of the Chadian
regions beneficiating from humanitarian assistance due to the Darfuri Sudanese
refugees’ presence since 2004, this region is not sharing the alarming
statistics as hereby presented. This study aims first to examine and analyze
maternal mortality ratio in Ouaddai health facilities in comparison to all the
country, second to light the disparities between MoH health facilities and the
ONGs supported health facilities (refugee camps) within Ouaddai region. Using
three years data extracted from the UNHCR Health Information system and the MoH
health information database in the region, we ran a retrospective MMR study to
estimate the difference relevant to each location in the Region.
The results show that the
Maternal Mortality is statistically different in each of the two locations
within Ouaddai and different comparing Ouaddai region to the whole country. The
differences noticed is likely due to the quality health provided in the refugee
camps which contribute to improve the health of women in the host communities
who are benefiting for a free of charge health services in the refugee camps.
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