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Topic: South Asian countries have achieved remarkable progress in reducing maternal mortality over the last two decades. However, still more than 50,000 women die every year in South Asia due to complications from pregnancy or childbirth. The large number of maternal deaths in South Asia have been mostly attributed to the higher rates of giving birth at home. The presentation will discuss results of my analysis of pooled data from the Demographic and Health Surveys (2004 to 2018) to look at the role of social factors in promoting health facility-based delivery in five South Asian countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan.
Presenter: Md. Kamrul Islam is a postdoctoral fellow at the Prentice Institute for Global Population and Ecoomy. Kamrul's research areas include examining social determinants of health and well-being using a life course lens, evaluating mental health impacts of COVID-19 pandemic across the life course, and investigating reproductive health dynamics in South Asian countries. Kamrul was an association professor of population sciences at the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh before coming to the Prentice Institute. He obtained an MA and PhD in sociology with a specialization in demography from the University of Alberta. He has received extensive training on data analysis from Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Michigan.