Maternal Mortality in the Gaza Strip

No. of pages: 59

Publication date: 28 November 2016

Author: Faculty of Medicine, Islamic University of Gaza

Publisher: UNFPA and MoH

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Maternal mortality is an important health indicator, widely acknowledged as a general indicator of the overall health of a population, of the status of women in society, and of the functioning of the health system. Maternal mortality is defined as death of a woman during pregnancy or within 42 days after childbirth, spontaneous abortion or termination of pregnancy.
 
Gaza Strip suffers from several severe social and economic challenges due to the occupation and a 10-year of siege. Furthermore, the population has been subjected to the devastating effects of four major military campaigns, the latest was in 2014. This study aimed to verify, identify causes and investigate the 18 maternal mortalities that took place between July 2014 and June 2015.