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Tracking facility-based perinatal deaths in Tanzania: Results from an indicator validation assessment

Journal Article
(Published July, 2018)
Plotkin, M. (Author),
Bishanga, D. (Author),
Kidanto, H. (Author),
Jennings, MC (Author),
Ricca, J.T. (Author),
Mwanamsangu, A. (Author),
Tibaijuka, G. (Author),
Lemwayi, R. (Author),
Ngereza, B. (Author),
Drake, M. (Author),
Zougrana, J. (Author),
Khadka, N. (Author),
Litch, J.A. (Author),
Rawlins, B. (Author)
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From November 2016 to April 2017, health providers at 10 government health facilities in Kagera region, Tanzania, underwent refresher training on perinatal death classification and training on the use of handheld Doppler devices to assess fetal heart rate upon admission to maternity services. Doppler devices were provided to maternity services at the study facilities. We assessed the validity of an indicator to measure facility-based pre-discharge perinatal mortality by comparing perinatal outcomes extracted from the HMIS maternity registers to a gold standard perinatal death audit. This facility perinatal mortality indicator provides an important health outcome measure that facilities can use to monitor levels of perinatal deaths occurring in the facility and evaluate impact of quality of care improvement activities.

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Plotkin M, Bishanga D, Kidanto H, Jennings MC, Ricca J, Mwanamsangu A, Tibaijuka G, Lemwayi R, Ngereza B, Drake M, Zougrana J, Rawlins B, et al. Tracking facility-based perinatal deaths in Tanzania: Results from an indicator validation assessment. PloS one. 2018;13(7):e0201238