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Table 2 Two key issues to clarify prior to measuring maternal mortality

From: Measuring maternal mortality: An overview of opportunities and options for developing countries

Why is the estimate needed?
   • To generate a broad estimate of the magnitude of the problem
   • To identify detailed causes, differentials and determinants
   • To identify differences in levels within a country
   • To permit cross-country comparisons
   • To enable regular monitoring of progress
What resources are available?
   • Existing data sources or data-collection opportunities, for example routine civil registration, large multi-purpose surveys
   • Human resources, for example technical skills to design a survey, or to manage, analyse and interpret data
   • Field budget, for example funds available for new data collection
   • Time available, for example estimate needed immediately, in 1–2 years time, or longer