The Population Council, a partner of the Pakistan Initiative for Mothers and Newborns project, was responsible for undertaking operations research and a program evaluation to revisit and conduct an in-depth analysis of 1,085 verbal autopsies. The analysis had the following objectives: to identify psycho-socio-cultural issues present in the lives of the women whose verbal autopsies were reviewed, to reassess category of maternal death, and to unpack the indirect maternal deaths. The review yielded important information as to the social determinants of women’s deaths in Pakistan. The major psychological and cultural factors identified with the deaths included poverty, neglect, ignorance, disenfranchisement, and a reliance on spiritual treatment. The review also revealed that hepatic diseases were responsible for the majority of indirect maternal deaths. The information highlights the importance of psychological, social, and cultural factors in influencing women’s lives and well-being, as these factors pose an important barrier to seeking appropriate and timely care.
Pakistan Initiative for Mothers and Newborns (PAIMAN). 2010. "Deaths of women of reproductive age: In-depth analysis of data from the Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey 2006-07." Islamabad: The PAIMAN Project, JSI Research and Training Institute.
Pakistan Initiative for Mothers and Newborns (PAIMAN)