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Household surveys are one of the most important data capture platforms for
maternal deaths in settings where routine information systems are weak or non-
existent.    Probability sampling ensures that target populations are
representative. A particular advantage is that confidence intervals can be
calculated around maternal mortality estimates. In addition, depending on the
approach used, household surveys can also gather useful information on
causes, timing, place and consequences of death as well as health care
seeking behaviour prior to death.

There are currently three main ways in which Population-based household
surveys are used to measure maternal mortality:

1. Population-based household survey using direct mortality questions - this
   involves the ascertainment of deaths in the household in a recent interval of
   time (also called the Direct Mortality questions), and is the approach also
   used in the Decennial Census
2. Population-based household survey using indirect sisterhood method
3. Population-based household survey using direct sisterhood method


UN (2005) Household sample surveys in developing and transition countries.
New York: United Nations. ST/ESA/STAT/SER.F/96.

UN (1984) Handbook of household surveys (Revised Edition). New York:
United Nations. ST/ESA/STAT/SER.F/31

Scientific Articles

Hill K, El Arifeen S, Koenig M, Al-Sabir A, Jamil K, Raggers H (2006) How
should we measure maternal mortality in the developing world? A comparison
of household deaths and sibling history approaches. Bulletin of the World
Health Organization; 84 (3): 173–80.
Additional Resources

United Nations Expert Group Meeting to Review the Draft Handbook on
Designing of Household Sample Surveys, 2003:

Session II: Alternative data collection strategies for monitoring, evaluation, and
planning purposes. In: Data Priorities for Population and Health in Developing
Countries: Summary of a Workshop. Eds Malanick, CE; Pebley, AR. Committee
on Population, National Research Council. Washington DC: National
Academies Press, 1996.

United Nations Statistics Division: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/default.htm

Also see: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/hhsurveys/index.htm


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