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Maternal mortality in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
It appears that reliable data on maternal mortality can be obtained retrospectively through a probability survey through a two-stage probability survey conducted in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia between July and September 1983.
An integrated village maternity service to improve referral patterns in a rural area in West‐Java
The Regionalization of Perinatal Care, an intervention study carried out in Tanjungsari, a subdistrict in rural West Java, aimed to develop a comprehensive maternal health program to improve maternal
Epidemiologic study of vesicovaginal fistulas in ethiopia
Three hundred and nine patients (a 1∶10 random sample) treated at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital during the years 1983 to 1988 were studied for biosocial factors, obstetric history, previous
Quality of care in reproductive health programmes: concepts, assessments, barriers and improvements--an overview.
Three papers will address the issues of quality of care in reproductive-health programmes with particular emphasis on safe motherhood, and the midwife is the obvious catalyst and linch-pin for this effort in the fabric of society.
Obstetric vesicovaginal fistulas: Evaluation of failed repairs
During a 2-year period, there were 71 patients whose fistula repair was unsuccessful at the first attempt, at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital. All the obstetric fistulas resulted from obstructed
Building a community‐based maternity program
  • B. Kwast
  • Medicine
    International journal of gynaecology and…
  • 1 June 1995
In rural Guatemala, implementation of norms and protocols, expert supervision and sensitization of hospital staff to the needs of the community has increased referral by traditional birth attendants to the hospital and reduced perinatal mortality.
Quality of care in reproductive health programmes: education for quality improvement.
  • B. Kwast
  • Medicine
  • 1 September 1998
Education in its broadest sense is required at all levels and sectors of society to enhance policy formulation that will strengthen programme commitment, improve services with a culturally sensitive approach and ensure appropriate delegation of responsibility to health staff at peripheral levels.
Introducing confident midwives: Midwifery Education--Action for Safe Motherhood.
The background of the present shortage and mal-distribution of midwives, the rationale for the acquisition of epidemiological, managerial specialised technical and teaching skills by midwives is discussed and implications for further education are high-lighted.
Factors associated with maternal mortality in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • B. Kwast, J. Liff
  • Medicine
    International journal of epidemiology
  • 1 March 1988
A housing probability survey in which 9315 women were interviewed was conducted in 1983 to detect the incidence and aetiology of maternal mortality in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and selected antenatal care, occupation and income as risk factors for maternal mortality.