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Table 3 Direct and indirect causes of maternal deaths at Muhimbili National Hospital

From: Maternal mortality at muhimbili national hospital in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania in the year 2011

Characteristic Number Percent of all causes (N = 141) Percent of direct/indirect cause
Direct causes    
All direct causes 98 69.5  
 Preeclampsia/eclampsia 28 19.9 28.6
 Postpartum haemorrhage 21 14.9 21.4
 Abortion complications 14 9.9 14.3
 Sepsis 13 9.2 13.3
 Antepartum haemorrhage 10 7.1 10.2
 Ruptured uterus 7 5 7.1
 Obstructed labour 5 3.5 5.1
Indirect causes    
All indirect cause 43 30.5  
 Anaemia 16 11.3 37.2
 HIV related 14 9.9 32.6
 Heart diseases 8 5.7 18.6
 Malaria 4 2.8 9.3
 Tuberculosis 1 0.7 2.3