The Ministry of Health of Guatemala seeks assistance to develop a strategic plan to explore maternal and child mortality and morbidity. To meet this goal, TRAction will work to strengthen the Maternal and Child Mortality and Morbidity Surveillance System (SVMM in Spanish). In addition to this technical assistance, the experience of implementing the surveillance system will be captured in a case study so lessons learned can be applied to similar efforts.
Guatemala: Alta Verapaz Department
Both quantitative and qualitative methods were used to explore the SVMM’s implementation and the perceptions of actors involved in its development. Quantitative instruments included information records and surveys of health-service personnel in the 19 Health Area Districts. Qualitative methods included in-depth interviews with system participants and departmental officials in 8 out of the 19 districts where over 50% of maternal deaths in the area are concentrated. Departmental documentation was used as an additional source of information.
Click here to read a case study that documents implementation of the maternal mortality surveillance system in Alta Verapaz. This is a Spanish-language case study.