COVID-19 is the leading cause of maternal deaths in 2020, a joint report by the Ministry of Health and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) revealed Sunday. As part of the Quality Health Care Project (QHCP), USAID released its third annual report on maternal mortality in 2020 and highlighted areas that should be prioritized and improved to prevent avoidable deaths. The study showed an increase in the maternal mortality rate in Jordan to 38.5%, compared to 32.4% in 2019.
The report presents data and findings taken from Jordan’s Maternal Mortality Surveillance and Response System (JMMSR), implemented by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with USAID Health Service Delivery since 2018. By increasing the monitoring of the real mortality rate of mothers in Jordan, the nation has been able to draw up rapid response plans to curb the high number of preventable deaths.