International Journal of
Nursing and Midwifery

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Nurs. Midwifery
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2456
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJNM
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 200

Full Length Research Paper

Midwives' experiences in the practice of maternal death audits in Burkina Faso: A qualitative study

Idrissa DIALLO
  • Idrissa DIALLO
  • Institut de Formation et de Recherche Interdisciplinaires en Sciences de la Santé et de l’Education, Burkina-Faso.
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Nestor BATIONO
  • Nestor BATIONO
  • Institut de Formation et de Recherche Interdisciplinaires en Sciences de la Santé et de l’Education, Burkina-Faso.
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Dieudonne SOUBEIGA
  • Dieudonne SOUBEIGA
  • Institut de Formation et de Recherche Interdisciplinaires en Sciences de la Santé et de l’Education, Burkina-Faso.
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Gustave NANA
  • Gustave NANA
  • Institut de Formation et de Recherche Interdisciplinaires en Sciences de la Santé et de l’Education, Burkina-Faso.
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Patrice Alain NGANGUE
  • Patrice Alain NGANGUE
  • Department of Family Medicine, McGill University, Canada.
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Ahmed KABORE
  • Ahmed KABORE
  • Université Joseph KI-ZERBO, Burkina Faso.
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Clovis Albéric TOE
  • Clovis Albéric TOE
  • Institut de Formation et de Recherche Interdisciplinaires en Sciences de la Santé et de l’Education, Burkina-Faso.
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Maxime DRABO
  • Maxime DRABO
  • Centre National Pour la Recherche Scientifique et Technologique, Burkina-Faso.
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  •  Received: 12 December 2021
  •  Accepted: 09 February 2022
  •  Published: 31 March 2022

Abstract

Maternal death audits (MDAs) are the key to reducing maternal mortality.  However, there are some barriers to the involvement of midwives in carrying out maternal death audits. This article aimed to explore midwives' perceptions and experiences of maternal death audits in Burkina Faso. This was a qualitative study conducted in December 2018. Data were collected from individual semi-structured interviews. Thematic analysis of the data was performed using Qualitative Data Analysis (QDA) Miner software. Shortcomings in applying the audit charter and implementation of recommendations, financial rewards and non-invitation of providers compromise midwives' participation. However, the study found that midwives had good experience and perception of MDAs. The study highlighted shortcomings in the conduct of the audits and difficulties in implementing the recommendations. This requires more significant involvement of the various administrative and clinical actors in the health system and the integration of maternal death audits into routine activities.

Key words: Maternal death, midwives, death audits, qualitative stud, Burkina Faso.