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Series of Webinars – BIRMM Methodology and national experiences


Tuesday - 9 October

Presenters: Arturo Barranco Flores / Manuel Yáñez Hernández / Dr. Luis Manuel Torres Palacios General Directorate of Health Information (DGIS)


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Fifteen years after the implementation of the Deliberate Search and Reclassification of Maternal Deaths (BIRMM) method in Mexico, it is clearly a success story, generating health information to promote evidence-based decision-making and well-targeted public policies. 

The number of maternal deaths in a country is nothing to brag about; most of these deaths are avoidable and the underlying reasons are multifactorial, ranging from the lack of specialists in medical units on certain days and at certain times or the lack of drugs and supplies in the health centers, to the habits and customs of the people involved. 

By knowing the exact number of maternal deaths in each sector and the characteristics of those involved, and compiling all the necessary information that can be gleaned from these cases, it is possible to identify the real needs to be addressed and to pinpoint where sometimes limited public resources should be invested and what specific actions should be taken to reduce the number of these unfortunate events.  This is no small matter, since maternal mortality indicates a country’s level of progress with regard to public health—so much so that it is on both local and international agendas, with a view to reducing inequalities and benefiting the population.

This presentation forms part of a series that aims to disseminate information on BIRMM’s implementation from different viewpoints; here, the spotlight will be on Mexico, where research has been ongoing since the program was first launched in 2002. 

The webinar’s contents will be provided by the Mexican Center for the Classification of Diseases (CEMECE), a Collaborating Center for the Family of International Classifications of the World Health Organization (CC-FIC WHO). This presentation will cover BIRMM’s background and implementation, explaining how the information obtained is being used and the principal findings on maternal deaths, as well as the benefits of objective and effective compliance with the methodology.  


Arturo Barranco Flores

Master’s in Demography from the Colegio de México, and a mathematician by training. 

Position: Director of Demographic Information, Directorate-General of Health Information, Secretariat of Health of Mexico.


Manuel Yáñez Hernández 

Master’s in Psychology, undergraduate degree in Psychology.

Instructor in the WHO Family of International Classifications. 

Position: Assistant Director of Health Information Classification and Technical Secretary of the Mexican Center for the Classification of Diseases and the Mexican Collaborating Center for the WHO Family of International Classifications (CEMECE), part of the Directorate-General of Health Information, Secretariat of Health of Mexico.


Dr. Luis Manuel Torres Palacios

Obstetrician-Gynecologist, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

Advisor to CEMECE at the Directorate-General of Health Information.