Briefing Papers

Providing Quality Health Services in Malawi Addressing Puerperal Sepsis in Malawi

Globally puerperal sepsis accounts for about 15% of all maternal deaths. However, in Malawi, it is the leading cause of maternal mortality. It contributes 9.3% according to the confidential inquiry of maternal deaths in Malawi (July 2012 – September). The maternal mortality ratio in Malawi is at 439/100,000 live births, where 63.2% of the deaths occur in the postnatal period.

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