Reducing Maternal Mortality Rates in Mexico

Fellows: Julius Adebayo, Nick Eng, Eric Potash, Layla Pournajaf
Data Science Mentor(s): Ben Yuhas
Project Partner: Mexico's Office of the President
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The maternal deaths in Mexico from pregnancy, childbirth or postpartum complications have decreased from 89 deaths per 100,000 live births in 1990 to 43 in 2011. Despite this improvement, the rate of decline has significantly slowed and Mexico was not on track to achieve its Millennium Development Goal of reducing maternal mortality 75% by 2015.

Our goal was to identify factors contributing to maternal mortality and determine what could be done to reduce it. In contrast to previous work, we analyzed trends at a more granular level. While our initial work focused on municipalities and localities, our intention in 2014 was to develop individual-level models of risk using all available data.

You can read more about the outcome of this project here.