Social Autopsy

Social autopsy as an intervention tool in the community to prevent maternal and neonatal deaths: experiences from Bangladesh


Social autopsy in maternal and neonatal health

Social autopsy (SA) is an innovative strategy whereby a trained member leads a group within
a community through a structured, standardised analysis of the root causes of a death or
serious, non-fatal health event.

The root causes considered encompass physical, environmental, cultural, and social factors.
Through participatory dialogue, potential causes of death are identi›ed and suggestions are
made of measures to prevent future deaths that are appropriate and achievable in the
community. This innovative approach has been used to prevent child injury prevention in
Bangladesh in the past . It has been recently introduced to reduce maternal and neonatal

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