The CDC's Division of Reproductive Health monitors and evaluates activities of the Reducing Maternal Mortality in Tanzania Project in the remote Kigoma region of western Tanzania. As part of that project, this evaluation collected and analyzed data on maternal and perinatal health outcomes as well as the capacity and functionality of emergency obstetric and neonatal care (EmONC) services.
The evaluation used a pregnancy outcomes monitoring system (POMS) method to collect and examine data from 200 health facilities. This method collects data from labor and delivery registers, operating theater registers, admission and discharge registers, case notes, in-patient postpartum care registers, nurses' report books, and obstetric wards daily reports. The evaluation also employed a modified form of Rapid Ascertainment Process for Institutional Deaths (RAPID), a method that aims to identify all maternal deaths occurring in a facility.