The Zimbabwe Maternal and Perinatal Mortality Study

No. of pages: 40

Publication date: 2007

Author: Stephen P. Munjanja

Publisher: UNFPA


The problem of maternal mortality remains an international concern because of the large number of women who die from avoidable causes, especially in developing countries. Women in Zimbabwe suffer a high risk of dying during pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium. Studies of maternal mortality levels have been done at facility level within Zimbabwe in the past 30 years. One study collected data at community level in a rural province (Masvingo) and an urban province (Harare) of Zimbabwe. The maternal mortality ratio (MMR) was 85 and 168 per 100,000 live births in Harare and Masvingo respectively.