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BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 29 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:779

Maternal mortality in rural Burkina Faso

  1. Issiaka Sombie, medical epidemiologist (,
  2. Nicolas Meda, medical epidemiologist,
  3. Odette Ky-Zerbo, epidemiologist,
  4. Michèle Dramaix-Wilmet, professor of biostatistics,
  5. Simon Cousens, professor of epidemiology and medical statistics
  1. Centre MURAZ, 01 BP 390 Bobo-Dioulasso 01, Burkina Faso
  2. Université Libre de Bruxelles, École de Santé Publique, Laboratoire de Statistique Médicale, CP598 B-1070, Brussels, Belgium
  3. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London WC1E 7HT

    EDITOR—Volmink et al identify maternal mortality as an important health challenge in Africa.1 Using a census approach with one year recall we estimated the maternal mortality ratio in a population of 44 000 women of childbearing age in Houndé, a rural district in Burkina Faso, to be 406 maternal deaths per …

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