Beyond pregnancy – the neglected burden of mortality in young women of reproductive age in Bangladesh: a prospective cohort study
Article first published online: 7 MAY 2013
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BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Volume 120, Issue 9, pages 1085–1089, August 2013
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Beyond pregnancy – the neglected burden of female mortality in young women of reproductive age in Bangladesh: a prospective cohort study. BJOG 2013;120:1085–1089., , , , , , , , , , , .
- Issue published online: 9 JUL 2013
- Article first published online: 7 MAY 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 6 MAR 2013
- low-income settings;
- non-communicable disease;
- reproductive age;
- South Asia;
- verbal autopsy
To describe proportionate mortality and causes of death unrelated to pregnancy.
Prospective cohort study.
Rural northwest Bangladesh.
A cohort of 133 617 married women of reproductive age.
Verbal autopsies were conducted for women who died whilst under surveillance in the cohort trial. Physician-assigned causes of death based on verbal autopsies were used to categorise deaths.
Main outcome measures
The proportion of deaths due to non-communicable diseases, infectious diseases, injury or pregnancy.
Of the 1107 deaths occurring among women between 2001 and 2007, 48% were attributed to non-communicable diseases, 22% to pregnancy, 17% to infections, 9% to injury and 4% to other causes.
Although focus on pregnancy-related mortality remains important, more attention is warranted on non-communicable diseases among women of reproductive age.