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Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2003 Apr;68(4):503-4.

Seasonal variation in direct obstetric mortality in rural Senegal: role of malaria?

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  • 1Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Dakar, Senegal.


We explore a possible link between malaria and maternal death in a rural area of Senegal by assessing the seasonal pattern of maternal mortality by cause and examining whether this pattern coincides with the malaria season. Overall mortality in women 15-49 years of age did not differ by season, while maternal and direct obstetric deaths were significantly more frequent during the rainy/malaria season than during the rest of the year, even after adjusting for place of delivery.

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