Journal article

Maternal mortality at the National Referral Hospital in Honiara, Solomon Islands over a five-year period

Manarangi De Silva, Leeanne Panisi, Anita Maepioh, Rebecca Mitchell, Anthea Lindquist, Stephen Tong, Roxanne Hastie



BACKGROUND: The Solomon Islands is a developing country facing significant barriers to the provision of quality antenatal and obstetric care. The maternal mortality rate is 114/100 000 live births, ranking the Solomon Islands 113th globally. Investigating maternal mortality may yield valuable insight into improving these numbers. AIM: The objective of this study was to review all cases of maternal mortality at the National Referral Hospital, Solomon Islands over a five-year period. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective review of maternal deaths occurring at the National Referral Hospital, Solomon Islands from 2013 to 2017. Data on maternal demographics, characteristics and cause of..

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Funding Acknowledgements

R. Hastie was supported by a Melbourne Medical School, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Fellowship, S. Tong (#1136418) was supported by NHMRC Fellowships. M. De Silva and R. Mitchell were supported by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australian Volunteers Program through volunteer placements at the NRH. M. De Silva was also supported by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists through the Miriam O'Connor Travelling Fellowship for ongoing research-related travel. No additional external funding was obtained for this manuscript. The authors also wish to thank the Obstetrics and Gynaecology medical team, midwives, nurses and junior doctors at the NRH, and the Solomon Islands Ministry of Health.